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Trap gun: an unusual firearm injury pattern and injury severity score

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M. F. Afdhaal ,

Teaching Hospital Anuradhapura, LK
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M. U. F. Zumra,

Teaching Hospital Anuradhapura, LK
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I. Ijaz,

Teaching Hospital Anuradhapura, LK
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M. M. N. S. Madhubhashana,

Teaching Hospital Anuradhapura, LK
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M. Pathirana

Teaching Hospital Anuradhapura, LK
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Abstract

Trap gun injury causes a substantial socio-economic and health burden to Sri Lanka. The key objectives of the study are to identify the Trap gun injury pattern, injury severity score, common geographical locations, and to identify the health burden.

 

This is a retrospective descriptive cross-sectional study conducted at surgical units of Teaching Hospital Anuradhapura [THA]. Patients presented with trap gun injury as surgical casualty admissions were selected for the study.

 

Injury severity score [ISS] is used as an indicator for anatomical injury severity.

 

A total of 53 persons who suffered from trap gun injury in the north-central province of Sri Lanka in the year 2020 were studied. Our analysis shows that more than 64.1% of those have serious or severe injuries [ISS > 3], while injury to the lower limb accounts for 88.7%.

 

Triangular distribution of geographical area within the north-central province of Sri Lanka is identified as the most vulnerable region. The cost of care of these patients results in a significant health burn to the free health system.

How to Cite: Afdhaal MF, Zumra MUF, Ijaz I, Madhubhashana MMNS, Pathirana M. Trap gun: an unusual firearm injury pattern and injury severity score. Sri Lanka Journal of Surgery. 2022;40(1):10–2. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljs.v40i1.8902
Published on 31 Mar 2022.
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