Sociodemographic Profile and Pattern of Injuries Due to Fall From Height in a Tertiary Hospital of South India- A 2 Year Retrospective Study

Authors

  • P Shruthi
  • U.S Tanuja

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v15i2.14427

Keywords:

Fall , height, accident, construction, head injury, sociodemographic profile

Abstract

Globally, falls from height (FFH) are a substantial public health peril and are among the foremost causes
of serious and fatal injuries sustained to a victim. Falls are the second leading cause of accidental or
unintentional injury deaths worldwide. This retrospective study consisting of 182 cases was undertaken
to study the sociodemographic profile and injury pattern in victims of fall from height for a period of 2
years . Males outnumbered the females (3.04:1). Most of the victims were construction workers (43.40%)
by occupation . Most of incidents 117 (64.28%) took place in semi urban area and 45 (24.72%) victims
occurred in the Urban locality. 49.45% of the cases (90) occurred in the summer season.37.91% of the events
were seen between 12 Noon to 6 PM. In majority of cases, side of the body was the primary site of impact
(25.27%) followed by head injury (21.43). 12.08% of the cases turned fatal. Implementation of adequate
safety measures would effectively reduce the incidence of mortality and morbidity associated with fall from
height .

Author Biographies

P Shruthi

Associate Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Saveetha Medical College, Thandalam,
Chennai, Tamilnadu

U.S Tanuja

Undergraduate student, Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Saveetha Medical
College, Thandalam, Chennai, Tamilnadu

Published

2021-03-24

How to Cite

P Shruthi, & U.S Tanuja. (2021). Sociodemographic Profile and Pattern of Injuries Due to Fall From Height in a Tertiary Hospital of South India- A 2 Year Retrospective Study. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 15(2), 902-907. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v15i2.14427

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