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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 54-57

Sociodemographic determinants of traumatic musculoskeletal injuries: A register-based study from North-west India


1 Department of Orthopaedics, Dr. RP Govt. Medical College, Tanda, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Dr. RP Govt. Medical College, Tanda, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Sunil Kumar Raina
Department of Community Medicine, Dr. RP Govt. Medical College, Tanda, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2278-344X.149276

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Introduction: Globally, about 16,000 people die of injuries every day. It is estimated that 5.8 million people die each year as a result of some form of injury corresponding to an annual mortality rate of 97.9/100,000 populations. The study aimed to arrive at sociodemography of traumatic musculoskeletal injuries. Materials and Methods: A prospective, descriptive hospital-based study was conducted on 1272 patients presenting with musculoskeletal injuries to the Department of Orthopedics in a tertiary care hospital in rural North-west India, for a period of 1 year from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012. Results: Age group 16-30 was the most common (25.2%) age to suffer from injuries with a male preponderance. Students and farmers suffered more commonly. The most common place for the occurrence of injury was outside home (69.9%). Fall was the most common cause of injury (74.6%), followed by road traffic crash (14.6%). Discussion and Conclusion: The study defines the profile of traumatic musculoskeletal injuries and demonstrates the utility of development of a trauma registry.


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