Fall from Tree: A 14 Year Study

Authors

  • Ashesh Gunwantrao Wankhede
  • Himanshu Sharma

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v22i2.3227

Keywords:

Tribal, Injury, Age, Tree, Hemorrhage, Fracture

Abstract

Background: Tribal of Bastar district of Chhattisgarh have a unique bondage of culture, food
supply with the forests and trees of the region, during collection incidences of fall from trees
occurs many times resulting in injuries including fatal ones, study has undertaken to prevent and
suggestion for adequate implementation of treatment to specific injuries sustained during their fall.
Objective: The objective of the study was to identify and analyze the injuries sustained by the
tribals and local of the Bastar region in fall from tree, and to suggest measures to prevent the
injuries sustained during fall from tree
Material and Method: A data of postmortem reports of all cases of deaths occurred in 14 years
(2009 to 2012), due to fall from tree, which had been bought to the mortuary of Forensic Medicine
department.
Results: Out of total of 99 cases evaluated, it consisted predominantly of male population of the
age 31-40 years, Maximum number of fall h from the Imali(Tamarindus indica) tree- 32 cases.
Maximum cases were found in the year 2015- 13 cases. Maximum cases occurred in the Month of
February 16 cases. Maximum injuries from fall were on Head region 79 cases with brain contusion
predominant 23 cases. Chest injury sustained stood second 69 cases with rib fracture predominant
31 cases. Abdomen region 32 cases with liver injury predominant 11 cases. Upper limb injury 32
with radius/ulna fracture predominant 6 cases. Lower limb region 54 cases with femur fracture
predominant 8 cases.
Conclusion: The significant number of injuries including fatal ones needs to be prevented.
Adequate tree climbing programs and modernized equipment distribution need to do by forest
department and state government, specialized Trauma center for head and chest injury need to be
established at block level of the Bastar region

Author Biographies

Ashesh Gunwantrao Wankhede

Professor & HOD, Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Late Baliram Kashyap Government Medical College, Jagdalpur, District Bastar, Chhattisgarh

Himanshu Sharma

Demonstrator, Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Late Baliram Kashyap Government Medical College, Jagdalpur, District Bastar, Chhattisgarh

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Published

2022-04-16

How to Cite

Ashesh Gunwantrao Wankhede, & Himanshu Sharma. (2022). Fall from Tree: A 14 Year Study. Medico Legal Update, 22(2), 18–24. https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v22i2.3227

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