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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 19-23

Electrical Burnsf: A two year study...

Department of Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamilnadu, India

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Jayesh Sachde
Associate Professor, Department of Burns and Plastic Surgery, Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
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One hundred and four electrical burns patients were treated in a 2-year period at our center. The majority were males mainly involved in utility work handling electricity. Majority occurred due to misuse, inattentiveness and lack of knowledge. Electrical burns were responsible for 7.2% of all burn admissions. Two major complications were encountered: Gangrene of extremities resulting in amputations (57%) at various levels, and acute renal failure (17%). The mortality rate was 25%. Therefore, to prevent the morbidity and mortality of electric burns appropriate education of utility workers associated with electric work, and education of parents is of paramount importance.

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