Prevalence and injuries treatment of East Azarbaijan earthquakes in summer 2012

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Behzad Kazemi Haki , *

How to Cite: Kazemi Haki B. Prevalence and injuries treatment of East Azarbaijan earthquakes in summer 2012, Jentashapir J Cell Mol Biol. Online ahead of Print ; 4(4):297-303.

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Jentashapir Journal of Health Research: 4 (4); 297-303
Published Online: September 30, 2013
Article Type: Research Article
Received: April 24, 2013
Accepted: July 2, 2013

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Abstract

Background: Earthquakes cause numerous losses and damages and victims enter to severe needy complex care and internal surgery. The study proposed to investigate the frequency of the fundamental strategies for reducing injuries and fatalities resulting from earthquakes.

Material and methods: A cross - sectional study was carried out to determine the prevalence of trauma inflicted on the victims of the earthquake in Tabriz teaching hospitals in summer 2012. The researcher-made checklist was applied for data collection. The validity as well as reliability has been confirmed (0.7 ? ?). The data were analyzed using computerized program SPSS 18.

Results: Out of 307 patients, 182 were women (59.28%) and 125 men (40.72%). Most casualties were in the age range of 30-60 years old; 118 cases (38.43 %). Rural areas had more patients (n = 259 (84.36%)) than urban areas, n = 48 (15.64%). Most patients were admitted for orthopedic wards (57%). Majority referrals of earth quake belonged to first two days (72.31%). Fractures were the most common injuries among casualties (62.77%) and lower extremities (29.29%) were the most affected area. Recovery rate was 97.39% as well as 8 (2.61%) victims were died due to extensive injuries.

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