ISSN 2564-7784 | E-ISSN 2564-7040
Original Article
Forensic medical evaluation of patients admitted to the emergency department due to the occupational accidents
1 Gaziantep Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Adli Tıp Anabilim Dalı, Gaziantep, Türkiye  
2 Gaziantep Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Halk Sağlığı Anabilim Dalı, Gaziantep, Türkiye  
Gaziantep Med J 2017; 23: 49-54
DOI: 10.5152/EurJTher.2017.03031
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Key Words: Emergency department, forensic medicine, occupational injury
Abstract

Objective: This study aimed to emphasize the importance of occupational accidents and contribute to the data of our country by forensic medical evaluation of patients admitted to the emergency department.

 

Methods: All 567 patients admitted to the Gaziantep University Hospital Emergency Department in 2013–2014 were examined based on their sociodemographic characteristics, types of accidents, injury zones, properties of forensic reports, duration of temporary disability, whether patients have health insurance, and whether the accident is life-threatening. 

 

Results: Five hundred and fifty-three (97.5%) patients were males and 14 (2.5%) were females. Accidents were frequently seen in the age group 25–34 (36.2%). Temporary forensic report was held to the 62.6% of the cases. Patients with life-threatening injuries accounted for 6.3% and injuries that were not resolved with simple medical intervention accounted for 57.5%. The most common mechanism for injury was penetrating sharp-object injury with a rate of 25% and fall from height (20%) followed it. Isolated upper extremity injuries were the most common injuries (48.2%). The number of patients discharged after treatment in the emergency service was 393 (68.1%). The overall mortality rate due to occupational accident was 1.2%. The majority of deaths occured by falling from height (71.4%).

 

Conclusion: Detailed analysis of emergency data would help us understand the real causes of occupational injuries and prevent these accidents by taking simple precautions.

 

How to cite: Asıldağ K, Akbaba M, Annaç M. Forensic medical evaluation of patients admitted to the emergency department due to the occupational accidents. Eur J Ther 2017; 23(2): 49-54.

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