Profile of Burn Deaths: A Study based on Postmortem Examination of Burn Cases at R.N.T. Medical College, Udaipur

Authors

  • Akhilesh Sharma1 , Manish Kumar Sharma2, Ashish Kumar Garg3

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v20i3.1358

Keywords:

Burn, Incidence, Pattern of burn, Manner of death.

Abstract

Burn injuries are a public health problem in developing countries like India specially in females. Our objective

of the present study is to know the pattern of deaths due to burns, socio etiological factors involved and to

suggest preventive measures. A study based on autopsies conducted in R.N.T. Medical College, Udaipur

(from 1st March 2018 to 30th September 2018) where total 780 Medico-legal autopsies were conducted

during this period , out of those 86 were due to burn. 45 victims were male and 41 were female. Maximum

46 of the cases were in the 21-40 years of the age group in both genders. Most of the cases were found to be

from rural area (80.23%). The most common manner of burn was accidental (74.41%) followed by suicidal

burns (22.09%). Majority of victims died as a result of flame burn (74.41%) and death due to flame, major

cases were females (62.5%). Majority of victims (41.86%) died with more than 80% burns and (52.32%)

victims could not survive for more than 24 hours. The cause of death in (52.32%) cases was shock followed

by septicemia in (32.5%).

Author Biography

Akhilesh Sharma1 , Manish Kumar Sharma2, Ashish Kumar Garg3

1 Associate Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, R.N.T. Medical College, Udaipur, Rajasthan,

2Associate Professor Department of Forensic Medicine R.N.T. Medical College Udaipur Rajasthan, 3 Medical

Officer, Nathdwara, Rajsamand, Govt. of Rajasthan

Published

2020-07-24

How to Cite

Akhilesh Sharma1 , Manish Kumar Sharma2, Ashish Kumar Garg3. (2020). Profile of Burn Deaths: A Study based on Postmortem Examination of Burn Cases at R.N.T. Medical College, Udaipur. Medico Legal Update, 20(3), 8-12. https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v20i3.1358