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A retrospective descriptive study of electrocution deaths in Gauteng, South Africa: 2001-2004.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19442447     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
There is a paucity of data with regards to non-lightning, electrical-related injuries in sub-Saharan Africa. A review of the South African medical literature also shows a dearth of electrocution-related information. This study aimed to retrospectively review all high- and low-voltage-electrocution-fatality cases in Gauteng, South Africa for the period 2001-2004. Altogether, 126 electrocution-related deaths were identified, of which 91 cases represented low-voltage-electrocution deaths and 35 represented high-voltage-electrocution deaths. All cases were reviewed from a demographic and pathology-of-trauma point of view. This study serves to illustrate the high number of electrocution-related fatality cases in the region as compared with the rest of the world. It also serves to highlight the need for more active research and attention in this field.
Authors:
Ryan Blumenthal
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Multicenter Study     Date:  2009-05-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Burns : journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries     Volume:  35     ISSN:  1879-1409     ISO Abbreviation:  Burns     Publication Date:  2009 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-07-31     Completed Date:  2009-10-15     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8913178     Medline TA:  Burns     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  888-94     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa. ryan.blumenthal@up.ac.za
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Adult
Aged
Child
Electric Injuries / mortality*,  pathology
Female
Humans
Male
Middle Aged
Retrospective Studies
Seasons
South Africa / epidemiology
Young Adult

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