Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública
On-line version ISSN 1680-5348
Print version ISSN 1020-4989
DIAZ-APODACA, Beatriz A.; DE COSIO, Federico G.; MOYE-ELIZALDE, Gustavo and FORNELLI-LAFFON, Felipe F.. Discharges for external injuries from a hospital in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Rev Panam Salud Publica [online]. 2012, vol.31, n.5, pp.443-446. ISSN 1680-5348. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1020-49892012000500014.
In Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, morbidity and mortality from injuries have increased alarmingly since 2008. This paper aims to examine the changes in the number of hospital discharges for external injuries recorded during the 2008-2010 period in a hospital in Ciudad Juarez. A descriptive retrospective study conducted at the Ciudad Juarez General Hospital looked at the incidence of external injuries as the reason for hospital discharges during the period under analysis. The average proportion of hospital discharges attributed to external injuries was 27%, with the 25-44-year-old age group being the most affected. More than half of the discharges were for fractures. The incidence rate of hospital discharges attributed to injuries in Ciudad Juarez was almost four times greater than that reported at the national level.
Keywords : Violence; wounds and injuries; injuries; wounds, gunshot; Mexico.