Antipersonnel Mine Injuries in Southern Croatia
Source: Military Medicine, Volume 169, Number 4, April 2004 , pp. 313-319(7)
Abstract:Objectives: In this retrospective study, antipersonnel mine casualties in Southern Croatia from 1991 to 1995 are analyzed and treatment options are discussed. Methods: Mechanism, degree of injury according to Abbreviated Injury Scale (AIS) and Injury Severity Score (ISS), as well as surgical treatment were analyzed. Results: Of a 2,693 war trauma population, 422 (15.67%) patients sustained antipersonnel mine injuries, 241 (57.11%) from pressure mines and 181 (42.89%) from fragmentation mines. Military personnel were injured in 329 cases, civilians in 60 cases, and children in 33 cases. AIS was 3.01 ± 0.56 and ISS was 17.92 ± 6.59. Of 39 fatalities (9.24%) with a mean age of 27.98 ± 1.70 years, 34 were soldiers, 4 were civilians, and 1 was a child. AIS was 5.35 ± 0.39 and ISS was 54.94 ± 2.36. Conclusion: Fatalities and morbidity arising from antipersonnel mines can be reduced by the provision of appropriate surgical and evacuation facilities at the actual battlefield.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Department of Surgery, Clinical Hospital Split, Spin caron: cićeva 1, 21 000 Split, Croatia. 2: Department of Internal Medicine, Clinical Hospital Split, Spin caron: cićeva 1, 21 000 Split, Croatia. 3: Department of Pathology, Clinical Hospital Split, Spin caron: cićeva 1, 21 000 Split, Croatia.
Publication date: 2004-04-01
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