The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics 2005 , Vol 47 , Num 2
Infant and adolescent deaths in Istanbul due to home accidents
1Department of Forensic Medicine, Celal Bayar University Faculty of Medicine, Manisa
2Department of Forensic Medicine, Süleyman Demirel University Faculty of Medicine, Isparta
3Department of Forensic Medicine, İstanbul University Cerrahpaşa Faculty of Medicine, İstanbul
4Department of Forensic Medicine, Ankara University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey
Aşırdizer M, Yavuz MS, Albek E, Cantürk G. Infant and adolescent deaths in Istanbul due to home accidents. Turk J Pediatr 2005; 47: 141-149.

Adolescent and infant deaths due to home accidents pose an important social problem and can be prevented significantly by appropriate measures. The aims of this study about adolescent deaths under the age of 18 and infant deaths due to home accidents were assessment of risk factors and proposals for protective measures.

Toward these aims, 414 autopsy reports (Provided by Mortuary Section, Council of Forensic Medicine, Istanbul Turkey, 1996-2000) were reviewed, as well as scene investigation data and information from eyewitnesses.

Determination of risk factors, appropriate education, as well as legal regulations for manufacturers of household articles may significantly reduce the number of infant and adolescent deaths due to home accidents. Keywords : home accidents, infant deaths, adolescent deaths, forensic medicine

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