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ISSN Print: 2394-7500, ISSN Online: 2394-5869, CODEN: IJARPF

IMPACT FACTOR (RJIF): 8.4

Vol. 2, Issue 3, Part H (2016)

Improvised explosive devices (IED) blast injuries in Maiduguri north eastern Nigeria

Improvised explosive devices (IED) blast injuries in Maiduguri north eastern Nigeria

Author(s)
Ibrahim AG, Suleiman A, Tahir MB
Abstract

Background: Improvised explosive devise blast injury is fairly common where terrorism flourishes especially when suicide bombers are involved, leading to mass causalities.

Materials and methods: The study reviewed all victims of improvised explosive device blast injuries in Specialist Hospital Maiduguri North Eastern Nigeria between January 2014 to December 2015. 

Results: A total of 323 patients were studied age ranged from 6 months to 81 years with male to female ratio of 4.38:1. The peak age group was 20 – 29 years accounting for 26.93%. Site injured were extremities in 69.66%, and abdominal in 15.48%. Procedures performed were wound debridement in all patients, and exploratory laparotomy in 34.00% of abdominal injuries. Post-operative complications were surgical site wound infection in 11.46%, and ileus in 0.93%. The mortality was 6.50%. 

Conclusion: The approach to such mass causality is to have good pre hospital care, prompt and adequate resuscitation, and definitive treatment by multidisciplinary team

Pages: 470-472  |  1206 Views  103 Downloads


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How to cite this article:
Ibrahim AG, Suleiman A, Tahir MB. Improvised explosive devices (IED) blast injuries in Maiduguri north eastern Nigeria. Int J Appl Res 2016;2(3):470-472.
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