Five Year Retrospective Study of Profile of Burn Deaths from Pune Region
Keywords:Burn deaths, Pune region.
A burn is an injury which is caused by application of heat or chemical substances to the external or internal
surfaces of the body, which causes destruction of the tissues. The magnitude of deaths due to burns is so
large in our country that India is the only country in the world where fire is classified among the fifteen
leading causes of death. The purpose of this study is to analyze profile of burn deaths in the Pune region of
Maharashtra. In the present study among the 1710 burn deaths, females (70%) are more commonly affected
than males (30%). Young adults (21–40 yrs) are commonly involved in fatal burns as this is most active
group of population. In present study majority cases happened in summer season and were accidental in
nature while suicidal deaths were present in significant number. Flame burns comprised of 80% of the cases
followed by scald 13%. In 78% of cases more than 50 % of total body surface area was involved while
complications like Septicemia (66%) was commonest cause of death.