Social aspects of penetrating injuries presenting in Surgical Emergency of Mayo Hospital
Keywords:Wounds, Penetrating. Abdominal Injuries. Wounds, Nonpenetrating. Thoracic Injuries. Electrosurgery. Heart Injuries. Electrocoagulation. Trauma Severity Indices. Multiple Trauma.
AbstractA study on social aspects of penetrating injuries was carried out at the surgical emergency of West Surgical Unit, Mayo Hospital, Lahore from 15th of February 2003 to 15th June 2003. A total of 80 patients were included. Our study shows that 86.25% of the patients were males and their ages were 40 years in 82.5%, 78.25% of the injuries were caused by firearms. 27.5% of patients had more than 4 injuries. Abdomen and chest were the most common target. The reason included financial matters, land, family and property disputes. 26.25% of the assailants were closely related to the victim. A large number of patients were unable to reach the hospital after injury within an hour. We need better laws to control this violence and also to improve resources for transportation of these victims to a trained and well equipped trauma centre.
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