Year 2012, Volume 42, Issue 3, Pages 533 - 538 2012-03-01

Electrical fatalities in Ankara over 11 years
Electrical fatalities in Ankara over 11 years

Ramazan AKÇAN [1] , Emre KARACAOĞLU [2] , Alper KETEN [3] , Aysun BALSEVEN ODABAŞI [4] , Çiğdem KANBUROĞLU [5] , Ali Rıza TÜMER [6] , Hanife ALKURT-ALKAN [7]

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Electrical injuries are still responsible for significant morbidity and mortality; however, they are generally preventable with simple safety measures. This study Abstracts to determine the general features of electrical fatalities, and to draw attention of health professionals towards such preventable deaths. Materials and methods: A retrospective evaluation of records of electrocution-related deaths in Ankara, Turkey, was conducted over 11 years (1998-2008). Results: Out of 12,263 autopsy cases, 100 (0.8%) were secondary to electrocution. Most of the victims were male (n = 94; 94%) while only 6 were female. Victims’ age ranged from 1 year to 76 years, with a mean age of 33.5 years. Entry lesions were localized on the upper extremities in the majority of cases (n = 74; 74%). However, no electrical lesions were found in 3 cases. Of all cases, 71 (71%) occurred as occupational accidents, mostly seen in workplaces. There was an increase in electrical fatalities in the summer (n = 58, 58%). Accompanying traumatic lesions were detected in 30 (30%) cases. All of the deaths were recorded as accidental except for one suicidal death. Conclusion: The overwhelming majority of electrical fatalities were occupational-related, which were mostly preventable. Proper installation and maintenance of electrical devices will help to tackle electrical injuries at home and in the workplace. Additionally, educational programs for workers and employers should be provided and public and occupational safety measures should be promoted by the authorities.
Electrical injuries are still responsible for significant morbidity and mortality; however, they are generally preventable with simple safety measures. This study Abstracts to determine the general features of electrical fatalities, and to draw attention of health professionals towards such preventable deaths. Materials and methods: A retrospective evaluation of records of electrocution-related deaths in Ankara, Turkey, was conducted over 11 years (1998-2008). Results: Out of 12,263 autopsy cases, 100 (0.8%) were secondary to electrocution. Most of the victims were male (n = 94; 94%) while only 6 were female. Victims’ age ranged from 1 year to 76 years, with a mean age of 33.5 years. Entry lesions were localized on the upper extremities in the majority of cases (n = 74; 74%). However, no electrical lesions were found in 3 cases. Of all cases, 71 (71%) occurred as occupational accidents, mostly seen in workplaces. There was an increase in electrical fatalities in the summer (n = 58, 58%). Accompanying traumatic lesions were detected in 30 (30%) cases. All of the deaths were recorded as accidental except for one suicidal death. Conclusion: The overwhelming majority of electrical fatalities were occupational-related, which were mostly preventable. Proper installation and maintenance of electrical devices will help to tackle electrical injuries at home and in the workplace. Additionally, educational programs for workers and employers should be provided and public and occupational safety measures should be promoted by the authorities.
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Author: Ramazan AKÇAN

Author: Emre KARACAOĞLU

Author: Alper KETEN

Author: Aysun BALSEVEN ODABAŞI

Author: Çiğdem KANBUROĞLU

Author: Ali Rıza TÜMER

Author: Hanife ALKURT-ALKAN

Bibtex @ { tbtkmedical147119, journal = {Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences}, issn = {1300-0144}, eissn = {1303-6165}, address = {TUBITAK}, year = {2012}, volume = {42}, pages = {533 - 538}, doi = {}, title = {Electrical fatalities in Ankara over 11 years}, key = {cite}, author = {AKÇAN, Ramazan and KARACAOĞLU, Emre and KETEN, Alper and ODABAŞI, Aysun BALSEVEN and KANBUROĞLU, Çiğdem and TÜMER, Ali Rıza and ALKURT-ALKAN, Hanife} }
APA AKÇAN, R , KARACAOĞLU, E , KETEN, A , ODABAŞI, A , KANBUROĞLU, Ç , TÜMER, A , ALKURT-ALKAN, H . (2012). Electrical fatalities in Ankara over 11 years. Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences, 42 (3), 533-538. Retrieved from http://dergipark.org.tr/tbtkmedical/issue/12298/147119
MLA AKÇAN, R , KARACAOĞLU, E , KETEN, A , ODABAŞI, A , KANBUROĞLU, Ç , TÜMER, A , ALKURT-ALKAN, H . "Electrical fatalities in Ankara over 11 years". Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences 42 (2012): 533-538 <http://dergipark.org.tr/tbtkmedical/issue/12298/147119>
Chicago AKÇAN, R , KARACAOĞLU, E , KETEN, A , ODABAŞI, A , KANBUROĞLU, Ç , TÜMER, A , ALKURT-ALKAN, H . "Electrical fatalities in Ankara over 11 years". Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences 42 (2012): 533-538
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ISNAD AKÇAN, Ramazan , KARACAOĞLU, Emre , KETEN, Alper , ODABAŞI, Aysun BALSEVEN , KANBUROĞLU, Çiğdem , TÜMER, Ali Rıza , ALKURT-ALKAN, Hanife . "Electrical fatalities in Ankara over 11 years". Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences 42 / 3 (March 2012): 533-538.