Analysis of Medicolegal Cases in a Tertiary Care Hospital of South Kerala
Keywords:Medicolegal cases, Emergency department, demographic profile
Medicolegal cases (MLC) are presented to Emergency department (ED) of almost all hospitals in our nation
after the Supreme Court guidelines stating that ‘the paramount duty of a doctor is to save the life of a
person’. Hospitals should be equipped with infrastructure as well as treating doctors in combating such cases
where documentation and treatment should be meticulously done.
This study is conducted in a tertiary care hospital in South Kerala where profile of MLC was analysed during
the years 2016 -17. A total of 10,001 cases were studied which is unique compared to previous studies.
Males dominated in the MLC with road traffic accident (RTA), fall from height and work place injuries
formed the major share in the pattern of cases. Most of these cases were presented to ED between first and
sixth hour of occurrence
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