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Year : 2003  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 68-69

Pressure cooker injuries

1 Professor, Department of Burns & Plastic Surgery, B.J Medical College & Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad, India
2 MCh Post graduate resident, Dept. of Burns & Plastic Surgery, B.J Medical College & Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad, India

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M F Shaikh
Professor Department of Burns and Plastic Surgery, BJ Medical College and Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad
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A vast majority of the accidental burns admissions are reported to be due to domestic accidents, allegedly due to the infamous ‘Primus’, the kerosene cooking stove and most of these victims belong to the low socioeconomic background. Besides the ‘Primus’, there are other formidable appliances in the modern kitchen and each one of these commonly used user-friendly devices have their own safety limitations. The routinely used Pressure Cooker is one such appliance, which, if just taken for granted for its maintenance and repair, could proveto bethecause of serious injury. The case report purports to highlight the magnitude of deformity caused by an unusual mode of a domestic accident due to the use of at times substandard pressure cookers or spurious spares or even bad maintenance and tampering with the spares. The victims were young females, who sustained the injury to the face while cooking. Three cases of varying severity are being reported, all of them sustained facial injuries, two having superficial second degree burns of the face and the other had the injury to the right eye from the whistle of the pressure cooker during the lid blowout, the eye had to be enucleated.

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