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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 79-82

Clinico-etiological profile and outcome of electric burns at RLJH, a tertiary care centre of South India


1 Department of Surgery, Medicine, Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Whitefield, Bangalore, India
2 Department of Medicine, Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Whitefield, Bangalore, India
3 Department of Medicine, SDUMC, Kolar, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Ambikavathy Mohan
Assocate Professor, Department of Surgery, VIMS and RC, Whitefield, Bangalore 66, Karnataka
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0971-653X.147013

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Introduction: The incidence of electrical accidents has increased, due to use of electricity in the house hold, institutions and industries. Electrical injuries can cause extensive disFigurement to that of significant functional disability and sometimes can be fatal due to cardiac events and therefore the patients need to be closely monitored in an ICU set up. Management of electrical burns patient requires a team work of surgeons and physicians. Materials and Methods: This retrospective study was conducted between January 2007 and December 2012 in the Burn Unit of Sri Devaraj Urs Medical College, Kolar, Karnataka, a rural tertiary care center of South India, to assess the demography, degree of disability and loss of life due to electrical burn. Result: We had 47 patients of electric burns admitted in our center. Most of the accidents leading to the electrical burn injuries could have been prevented. Conclusion: Prevention is possible by increasing public awareness through primary education among the rural people and by taking adequate precautions such as the use of personal protective equipments (insulated gloves and footwear.) and following national electrical codes.


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