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What is Blunt Abdominal Trauma (BAT)?
Abdominal trauma also called Blunt Abdominal Trauma, or BAT, occurs when a person’s abdomen collides with another object, leading to the compression of the abdomen and surrounding organs (i.e., the pancreas, kidneys, stomach, intestines, spleen, liver, etc.) and excessive pressure exerted on the abdominal wall.
This type of injury most typically arises in car accidents, especially those involving high speeds, where the force of the crash causes the body to propel sideways or forward, either into a seatbelt, the steering wheel, dashboard, or the frame of the actual vehicle. BAT is serious and can be fatal if not treated immediately following an automobile collision. In fact, BAT, if left untreated, is a leading cause of death to accident victims of all ages.
Although car accidents are the primary cause of BAT, additional common causes include, without limitation, the following:
- Motorcycle crashes
- Collisions involving recreational vehicles such as ATVs, boats, jet skis, etc.
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian-related accidents
- Slip and falls
- Abuse or battery