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Death in sauna.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18471223     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Bathing in sauna is common in Finland, where there are approximately 2 million saunas among the population of 5.2 million. In this paper, deaths occurring while in a sauna in 1990-2002 in Finland were studied by analyzing police and forensic autopsy reports, death certificates, and toxicological results. The annual rate of death occurring while in a sauna was less than 2 per 100,000 inhabitants. Close to half (51%) of the cases were determined to be natural deaths and exposure to heat was the cause of death in 25%. Overall, 50% of all cases were under the influence of alcohol. The main conclusion is that death in the sauna is a rare event even in Finland where the frequency of sauna bathing is high. The role of alcohol as a risk factor has grown. The prevention of these deaths should focus on less drinking of alcohol and avoid leaving a drunken bather alone in the sauna.
Anu Kenttämies; Kari Karkola
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of forensic sciences     Volume:  53     ISSN:  0022-1198     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Forensic Sci.     Publication Date:  2008 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-05-12     Completed Date:  2008-07-22     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375370     Medline TA:  J Forensic Sci     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  724-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
State Provincial Office of Southern Finland, University of Helsinki, Finland.
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MeSH Terms
Age Distribution
Aged, 80 and over
Alcohol Drinking / adverse effects
Alcoholic Intoxication / mortality
Cardiovascular Diseases / mortality
Cause of Death*
Central Nervous System Depressants / blood
Child, Preschool
Ethanol / blood
Finland / epidemiology
Forensic Medicine
Heat Stress Disorders / mortality
Infant, Newborn
Middle Aged
Sex Distribution
Steam Bath*
Suicide / statistics & numerical data
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Central Nervous System Depressants; 64-17-5/Ethanol

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