Childhood Deaths Resulted from Burn Injuries in Diyarbakır
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The Council of Forensic Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey
Mustafa Kemal University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Forensic Medicine2, Hatay, Turkiye
Online publication date: 2009-01-15
Publication date: 2009-01-15
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M. Mustafa Arslan   

MKÜ. Faculty of Medicine, Department of Forensic Medicine Antakya/ Hatay, Turkey
Eur J Gen Med 2009;6(1):25-27
Aim: Deaths resulted from burn injuries constitute a serious public health problem in developing countries. Deaths from burn injuries are usually seen secondary to accidents and more frequently occur in chidhood. In this study; we intended to indicate the features of childhood deaths resulted from burn injuries and the causes of burns in Diyarbakir city. Methods: The corpse examination and autopsy records of childhood deaths caused by burn injuries between 2003 and 2006 in the city center of Diyarbakir were scrutinized. It was determined that, during this period 49 deaths were caused by burn injuries. Results: It was also determined that 61.22 % of the cases were male and 91.84 % of them were at pre-school age period (0-6 years). Origins of all incidents were accident and 75.51 % of accidents were resulted from scald burns. Forty of incidents were treated in a certain period and died during treatment. Conclusion: During pre-school period, children spend most of their times at home, which might increase the frequency of burn injuries at this age. Since these kinds of accidents are generally preventable, implemented health and social policies will help to reduce home accidents.
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