Profile of Brought in Dead Cases in a Tertiary Care Centre of South India
Keywords:Brought in dead cases, Emergency department, demographic profile
Most of the times it is noticed that incidence of Brought in dead (BID) cases in a tertiary care hospital is very
high. But there are limited data of the statistics of such cases due to lack of records or audit. These cases
can be due to natural cause or unnatural. The doctor attending such cases should be aware of all procedures
and formalities associated with BID cases. Diagnosis of death should be ascertained clinically and hospitals
should be aware of the legal responsibilities of these cases.
This study was conducted in a tertiary care institution where BID cases were profiled with the available
data and records. The study throws light in to not only the demographic profile like age, sex, month wise
distribution but also to time of reporting to Emergency department (ED) as well as the probable cause based
on history of the informant. Males dominated in the total number of 307 cases compiled in 4 years, i.e, 2015
to 2018. Age of above 60 years cases made the major share with sudden death as well as road traffic accident
(RTA) being the major culprits. Maximum number of BID were reported during early morning hours (12am
to 6 am) followed by late evening hours (6pm to 12am).
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