Evaluation of unintentional injuries sustained by children:A hospital based study from Ankara-Turkey
Objectives: Unintentional injuries are one of the leading causes of death, hospitalization and disability across the world. Detailed work on child injury in low-income and middle-income countries began more recently and is now indicating priorities for prevention. This study aims to draw attention to the subject with the assessment of the injuries sustained by the study group.
Methodology: Data of the descriptive study was collected at the Emergency Department’s trauma section of a Training and Research Hospital, located in Ankara during the period of October-November 2010. Children visiting the hospital due to an injury under the age of 18 were included to the study group by assent of the child and consent of the parents.
Results: Of the study group 75.3% were boys, 35.31% were 11-15 year of age. The most frequent cause of the injuries were falls among boys (48.3%), girls (50.0%) and, 11-15 years of age (32.8%). Most injured organs (63.6%) were extremities and most frequent damage caused by the injury was fracture (29.5%). Almost half of the injuries (44.0%) occurred in and around the school.
Conclusion: Development and implementation of systematic surveillance is necessary to identify the epidemiologic characteristics of childhood injuries at national level. Definition of the risk factors and protective factors is a priority of countries to prevent such injuries.
How to cite this:Birgul P, Ocaktan ME, Akdur R, Soner YM, Sevil I, Safa C. Evaluation of unintentional injuries sustained by children: A hospital based study from Ankara-Turkey. Pak J Med Sci 2013;29(3):832-836. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.12669/pjms.293.3150
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