Medical consequences of the New Mexico State penitentiary riot

Dennis Price, Edgar Billowitz, Richard Lieberman, Tim Fleming, Madelyn Dunn, David P. Sklar

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On February 2, 1980, a riot broke out among the 1,157 inmates at the New Mexico State Penitentiary and 139 people were injured. Of these, 33 died. Survivors had a variety of problems resulting from blunt or penetrating trauma, acute intoxication with drugs, or smoke inhalation. Fourteen percent of the casualties arrived at local hospitals in serious or critical condition. A study of the injury patterns revealed a significant difference (P < .001) in the incidence of severe head trauma in those who had died compared to those who survived. Most of the seriously or critically ill survivors suffered from acute poisoning or from penetrating wounds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)361-363
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Emergency Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1983
Externally publishedYes


  • emergency medical services, penitentiary riot
  • prison, riot, emergency medical services

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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