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GAWRYSZEWSKI, Vilma Pinheiro et al. Treatment of injuries in emergency departments: characteristics of victims and place of injury, São Paulo State, Brazil, 2005. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2008, vol.24, n.5, pp.1121-1129. ISSN 1678-4464.

The objective of this study was to analyze the characteristics and place of occurrence of injuries treated in emergency departments. A total of 35,107 emergency department visits for injuries were analyzed, excluding traffic injuries, in São Paulo State, Brazil, 2005. The majority of victims were male (59.1%), and from 0 to 29 years of age (62.1%). Leading causes were falls (39.3%) and accidental blows (16.5%). Most injuries occurred in the home (64.7%), followed by public places (19.9%). Assaults were more frequent in public. Women were more likely to suffer injuries at home, as compared to men (OR = 0.51; 95%CI: 0.48-0.53). Men were 1.34 times more likely to be injured in public places, 3.22 times in bars, and 2.82 times in the workplace. A higher proportion of events among children aged 0 to 9 and individuals 60 years or older occurred at home. The results highlighted the home as an important place for the occurrence of injuries, which should be considered when planning injury prevention programs.

Keywords : External Causes; Accidents; Violence; Emergency Medical Services.

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