Domestic Accidents in the Suburbs of a Metropolitan City in Northern India

JOURNAL TITLE: Journal of Medical Academics

Author
1. Gurmeet Kaur
2. Priya Arora
3. Rajesh Vaidya
4. Jyotismita Pathak
ISSN
DOI
10.5005/jp-journals-10070-0029
Volume
2
Issue
1
Publishing Year
2019
Pages
5
Author Affiliations
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2. com.mps.common.model.Contributor@751e1228 ,
3. com.mps.common.model.Contributor@4bca0dd9 ,
4. com.mps.common.model.Contributor@6b188a65
Article keywords
Domestic accidents, Metropolitan City, Suburbs

Abstract

Background: Domestic accidents leading to injuries form a major burden of morbidity in the population. Injuries, like other causes of morbidity, have their own environmental and individual risk factors. Materials and methods: The study was conducted among 520 individuals belonging to 234 households of a suburban colony of Delhi. Environmental risk factors and occurrence of injuries due to domestic accidents in the last one year of the study were assessed. Results: The prevalence of injuries was very high in the present study. A total of 418 injuries were reported (803 per 1000 person years). Cuts and falls were the most common injuries. Females, children, and elderly had suffered more injuries. Conclusion: Most of the households are unsafe and hence the occurrence of injuries is very high. Majority of the injuries were mild and hence preventive education and knowledge for first aid may reduce the burden of injuries in the study population.

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