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Year : 1998  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 31-34

Profile of electrical burns admitted in burns unit of safdarjang hospital

1 Consultant & H.O.D
2 Senior specialist
3 Senior resident
4 Senior resident Deptt. of Burns Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery, Safdarjang Hospital, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
S P Bajaj
Deptt. of Burns Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery, Safdarjang Hospital, New Delhi

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Although electrical burns constitute a small percentage of burns patients admitted, they are an important subset because of high morbidity caused and active management required. The purpose of the study was to analyse the clinical and epidemiological features of electrical burns patients admitted in Safdarjang Hospital during the year 1998. A total of 110 patients were admitted. There was low mortality but high morbidity characterized by multiple surgeries for debridement, amputation, and flaps cover and split skin grafting. Almost all of the admitted patients had high-tension burns, construction workers being the most commonly affected. It is suggested that more emphasis should be paid on preventive measures like stringent building bylaws and safety precautions since even after aggressive treatment few patients are able to return to their original occupation.

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