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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 10  |  Page : 5223-5228

Incidence and pattern of road traffic injuries in tribal population of Jharkhand: One-year study in a tertiary care teaching hospital

1 Department of Orthopaedics, Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranchi, India
2 Department of Anatomy, Hazaribag Medical College, Hazaribag, India
3 Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranchi, India

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Dr. Bhoopendra Singh
Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, Bariatu, Ranchi, Jharkhand
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_1434_20

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Background and Aim: Road traffic injuries (RTIs) are a leading cause of mortality and morbidity globally. This study aimed to assess the incidence and pattern of RTIs in the tribal population of Jharkhand. Methods and Materials: This prospective observational study was conducted for a period of 1 year (June 2018 to May 2019) at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranchi, Jharkhand. A pretested semi-structured questionnaire was administered. A total of 1713 road traffic accident (RTA) victims belonging to tribal population were interviewed during the study period. Data were entered in a Microsoft Excel sheet and analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 16. Results: There were 1258 (73.4%) males and 455 (26.6%) females. The majority (31.4%) of patients belonged to the age group of 21–30 years, followed by 19.2% in the age group of 31–40 years. The majority (52.13%) of RTAs involved a two-wheeler vehicle. Head injury was the most common type of injury (40.86%), followed by lower limb injury (26.68%). Common upper limb injuries were in the humerus and radius and ulna region. The majority of lower limb injuries involved tibia and femur. Common thoracic-abdomen injuries were soft tissue injury and lung contusion. Drunk driving (alcohol influence) was seen in 34.68% of cases of RTI. Conclusions: RTA is a major public health problem which needs to accelerate the efforts of road safety preventive measures. Road safety education should be promoted.

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