A Study of Electrical Injuries in Emam Reza Burn Center of Mashhad

Rezaei, Ezzatollah and Motamedoshariati, Mohammad and Safari, Hossein (2009) A Study of Electrical Injuries in Emam Reza Burn Center of Mashhad. medical journal of mashhad university of medical sciences, 52 (2). pp. 107-112.

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Abstract

Introduction Electrical injuries currently remain a world-wide problem. Electrical burn injuries account for fewer than 5 of admissions (reported range 3�9) to major burn centers. Electrical injuries are arbitrarily divided into high voltage (>1000 V), low voltage (Material and Methods This descriptive study was done from 2002 to 2006 in burn department of Imam Reza hospital of Mashhad. 132 patients with electrical injuries were admitted to the burn center. Collected data included: age, gender, etiology, burn size, hospital stay, amputation of limb and mortality. Data was gathered in a questionnaire and analyzed by descriptive statistics and frequency distribution tables. Results Of 5875 acute burn admissions during a 5-year period, 132 patients (2.4) had electrical burn injuries. Their mean age was 26 years (range2�63 years). Ninety-seven percent (128 patients) were male, and the extent of burn ranged from 1 to 80 TBSA (mean, 13.8 TBSA). High-voltage electricity caused 75.7 (100 patients) of the electrical injuries, 23.5 (31patients) were caused by low-voltage currents and 0.75 (1 patient) by lightening. Twenty six patients (19.7) required one or more amputations. Six patients (4.5) died. Conclusion Electrical burn injuries continue to be a serious problem of modern society. Climbing power poles is the most common mechanism for high-voltage injury. Special consideration is required to prevent this type of injury in our region.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health
Divisions: Journals > Medical J Mashhad University of Medical Sciences
Depositing User: mjmums mjmums
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2017 14:24
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2017 14:24
URI: http://eprints.mums.ac.ir/id/eprint/7673

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