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Civilian Landmine Injuries in Sri Lanka.

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dc.contributor Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders, Department of Surgery, King Drew Medical Center, Los Angeles, California 90059, USA.
dc.creator Meade, P
dc.creator Mirocha, J
dc.date 2000-04
dc.date.accessioned 2017-01-31T07:10:38Z
dc.date.available 2017-01-31T07:10:38Z
dc.identifier Civilian Landmine Injuries in Sri Lanka. 2000, 48 (4):735-9notJ Trauma
dc.identifier 0022-5282
dc.identifier 10780610
dc.identifier http://hdl.handle.net/10144/23219
dc.identifier http://fieldresearch.msf.org/msf/handle/10144/23219
dc.identifier Journal of Trauma
dc.identifier.uri http://dspace.mediu.edu.my:8181/xmlui/handle/10144/23219
dc.description OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to describe the injuries sustained by displaced people returning home after a military conflict when landmines were not removed. METHOD: This study describes the landmine injuries to patients at the Jaffna Teaching Hospital in northern Sri Lanka over a 20-month period, from May 1, 1996, to December 31, 1997. RESULTS: There were definite and identifiable landmine injury patterns. Patients were most often wounded in the lower extremities, had multiple wounds, and were injured together in groups. Victims were most often male, but there were unusually high numbers of women, children, and elderly injured. Mortality rates and amputation rates were high. Deaths occurred early after injury. Higher incidences of mine injuries could be associated with two important activities: returning home and agriculture. CONCLUSIONS: Civilians returning home after armed conflicts are at risk of injury when landmines are not removed. No one is spared. This problem is preventable.
dc.language en
dc.rights Published by Wolters Kluwer Lippincott Williams & Wilkins - Archived on this site by kind permission Wolters Kluwer
dc.title Civilian Landmine Injuries in Sri Lanka.

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