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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 62-65

An epidemiological survey of burn injuries in rural area, Bhopal: A cross-sectional study

Department of Community Medicine, Chirayu Medical College, Bhopal, India

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Sumit Dutt Bhardwaj
Department of Community Medicine, Chirayu Medical College and Hospital, Bairagarh, Bhopal
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0971-653X.111788

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Background: A large number of burn injuries in India go unreported; injuries are largely preventable but still burn injuries lead to deformities and contractures limiting optimum and normal functioning of the individual. Materials and Methods: A community based cross-sectional study was conducted in the rural village of Phanda block. A house-to-house survey was conducted and the interview technique was employed to collect the data. Results: A total of 756 households with 3,677 population were surveyed. There were total 309 (8.4%) patients with burn injuries during the last 6 months. Majority of the patients were females (54.7%). Out of the total domestic burns, 71.3% occurred in the kitchen. Conclusion: Burn injuries are a serious public health problem. These injuries are preventable through design and promotion of more aggressive prevention programs especially for flame injuries occurring in the home environment.

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