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Titolo:
Fire fatalities in older people
Autore:
McGwin, G; Chapman, V; Curtis, J; Rousculp, M;
Indirizzi:
Univ Alabama, Sch Publ Hlth, Dept Epidemiol, Birmingham, AL 35294 USA UnivAlabama Birmingham AL USA 35294 Epidemiol, Birmingham, AL 35294 USA Univ Alabama, Sch Med, Dept Surg, Sect Trauma Burns & Crit Care Med, Birmingham, AL 35294 USA Univ Alabama Birmingham AL USA 35294 t Care Med, Birmingham, AL 35294 USA Univ Alabama, Injury Control Res Ctr, Birmingham, AL 35294 USA Univ Alabama Birmingham AL USA 35294 ol Res Ctr, Birmingham, AL 35294 USA
Titolo Testata:
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN GERIATRICS SOCIETY
fascicolo: 11, volume: 47, anno: 1999,
pagine: 1307 - 1311
SICI:
0002-8614(199911)47:11<1307:FFIOP>2.0.ZU;2-U
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
RESIDENTIAL FIRES; GERIATRIC-PATIENTS; NORTH-CAROLINA; MAJOR TRAUMA; DEATHS; POPULATION; ACCIDENTS; VICTIMS; BURNS;
Keywords:
accidents; fires; epidemiology; aged; Alabama;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Clinical Medicine
Citazioni:
34
Recensione:
Indirizzi per estratti:
Indirizzo: McGwin, G Suite 609 EFH,700 S 18th St, Birmingham, AL 35294 USA Suite 609EFH,700 S 18th St Birmingham AL USA 35294 L 35294 USA
Citazione:
G. McGwin et al., "Fire fatalities in older people", J AM GER SO, 47(11), 1999, pp. 1307-1311

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To compare the epidemiology of fire-related fatalities among older, middle-aged, and young people. DESIGN: Retrospective case series. SETTING: Alabama, 1992-1997. PARTICIPANTS: All persons fatally injured in fire-related incidents in thestate of Alabama from 1992 to 1997. MEASUREMENTS: The State Fire Marshal's Office provided both demographic and autopsy information about the victim. In addition, information regarding the nature and circumstances of the fire was also obtained. RESULTS: Between 1992 and 1997, there were 674 fire-related deaths in the state of Alabama. The fire-related fatality rate was highest among older persons. The fatality rate was particularly high among older black people. The rate of fatal fires caused by heating devices was higher (15.0%) among older people compared with their young and middle-aged counterparts (6.3% and4.5%, respectively). Fatalities among older people were least likely (26.0%) to occur if smoke detectors were present, compared with deaths among young and middle-aged persons (38.3% and 33.5%, respectively). There were fewer smoke detectors present in the fatal fires of older rural black adults and white adults (0.0% and 29.0%, respectively) compared with their urban counterparts (25.0% and 47.0%, respectively). Alcohol was not a factor in fatal fires involving older adults (29.0%) compared with those involving the young (52.0%) and middle-aged adults (73.9%). CONCLUSIONS: With the growth of the percentage of older people in the population, the problem of fire-related deaths in this age group is likely to increase. Interventions focused on this age group are necessary for the state of Alabama to meet the National Health Objectives for the year 2000.

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