The Mortality Profile Of Burn Cases In Jammu 1608-1610
Dr Bhupesh Khajuria (MD)HOD,
Dept. of Forensic Medicine,
Govt Medical College,Jammu.(India).
The present retrospective study was conducted on 113 autopsy cases brought to the Forensic Department of a tertiary care institute, with the alleged cause of death as burns. Out of a total of 113 cases, 48(42.47%) were males and 65 (57.53%) were females. 85.84% of the cases were in the reproductive and productive (15-45 years) age group. The most common manner of the burn was accidental, followed by suicidal and homicidal causes. Flame burns, electric burns and scalds accounted for 87.60%, 11.50% and 0.90% cases of burns, respectively. In 70 cases, the percentage of burns were between 90-100% . Forty two burn cases with more than 90% burns survived for less than 1 day. 57.5% (65), 35.5%(40), and 6.2%(7) victims died of shock, septicaemia and both shock and septicaemia, respectively. Social factors are the main drive, leading to an unacceptably high rate of burn injuries in our societies. Prevention programmes should be directed at behavioural and environmental changes which can be easily adopted into the lifestyle.