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Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology
Year : 2019, Volume : 13, Issue : 1
First page : ( 162) Last page : ( 167)
Print ISSN : 0973-9122. Online ISSN : 0973-9130.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0973-9130.2019.00033.1

A Study of Demographic Profile of Death Due to Burns

Talewad Shivanand S1, Nadaf Aadamali A2,*, Talewad Vijayalaxmi S3

1Assistant Professor, Dept. Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubballi

2Associate Professor, Dept. Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubballi

3Assistant Professor, School of Management Studies and Research, KLE Technological University, Hubballi

*Corresponding author: Dr. Aadamali A Nadaf Associate Professor, Dept. Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubballi-580021, Email: forensicnadaf@gmail.com Mob: +919449435376

Online published on 8 February, 2019.

Abstract

Fire has been known to mankind for about 400, 000 years. Although the use of fire was known to ancient man, it is probably the potential fury of an unharnessed fire that made man bow before it. Burn injuries occur universally and have plagued mankind ever since antiquity till the present day. Burn injuries are the commonest cause of unnatural death in India and constitute a major cause of death and morbidity in the world and in this country too. Burns always have posed a threat to the sensitive human body.

The present study is from the data collected of 48 burn cases which were autopsied at mortuary, Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology SNMC Bagalkot. It was observed that majority of the victims were in the age group of 21–30 years, with female to male ratio of 5: 1. Most of the victims were married and the majority were housewives, belonging to rural area and of class-I socioeconomic strata. Most of the burns took place in the kitchen, mostly due to kerosene stove burst. Body surface area involvement was more than 76% in maximum number of cases. Septicemia was the leading cause of death and majority of the victims died within a week.

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Keywords

Fire, Burns, Unnatural death, Morbidity, Septicemia.

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