Trip, Slip and Fall: ICD10 and Fall from Height

Authors

  • Ishita Manral
  • KV Radhakrishna
  • Abhijit Rudra

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v22i2.3232

Keywords:

Fall from height, ICD 10, falls

Abstract

Background: ICD 10 has unified the diagnosis, in this study, we have studied fall from height as
per ICD 10 classification of cases who reported to emergency department of tertiary care hospital
in Maharashtra. Unintentional fall from height represents a significant cause of injury in urban
populations.
Results: In this retrospective study, data pertaining to cases which were examined and treated at
a tertiary care centre in Western India was analysed from 2014-2016. A total of 44 cases qualified
our criteria of unintentional fall from height.83% of the population study were male. 21-40 years
of age were most commonly affected. Alcohol was a common factor amongst the falls. As the year
progressed number of cases have decreased. W10 ICD 10, fall from stairs were the most common
cause of fall. Head injuries (42%) followed by extremities injuries were the most common.
Conclusion: A significant number of non – fatal cases occur due to unintentional fall from height.
There is a need to study the demographic profile of injured persons, assess the severity of their
injuries and identify certain risk factors associated with such non-fatal injuries due to fall from
height.

Author Biographies

Ishita Manral

Asst Prof, Dept of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Armed Forces Medical College,Pune

KV Radhakrishna

Prof and HoD, Dept of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Armed Forces Medical College,Pune

Abhijit Rudra

Prof, Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Military Hospital, Bareilly

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Published

2022-04-16

How to Cite

Ishita Manral, KV Radhakrishna, & Abhijit Rudra. (2022). Trip, Slip and Fall: ICD10 and Fall from Height. Medico Legal Update, 22(2), 58–64. https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v22i2.3232