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Citation

Akçan R, Hilal A, Gülmen MK, Cekin N. Acta Paediatr. 2007; 96(3): 443-445.

Affiliation

Department of Forensic Medicine, Cukurova University School of Medicine, Adana, Turkey.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2007, John Wiley and Sons)

DOI

10.1111/j.1651-2227.2007.00152.x

PMID

17407474

Abstract

Aim: This retrospective study was conducted to determine the general features of childhood deaths due to electrocution, and draw the attention of community to these preventable deaths. Methods: The autopsy records of the Morgue of the Adana Branch of the Turkish Forensic Medicine Council were used. Thirty-seven cases of childhood (under 18) electrocution during the period 1999-2004 were analyzed. Results: Electrocution deaths comprised 0.8% of all the medico-legal autopsy cases (4515) during these 6 years. Thirty-one (83.8%) of the victims were male and only six (16.2%) were female. They were between 18 months and 18 years of age, and the mean age was 11.35, and all deaths were recorded as accidental. Conclusion: Medical units, and paramedical and educational centres should play important roles in formulating public health strategies to tackle preventable deaths such as electrocution.


Language: en

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