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In burn victims, invasion by the bacteria is not unexpected, despite advances in antibiotics, and it has been reported that in the absence of topical therapy, the superficial areas of burn wound contain up to 100 million organisms per gram of tissue within 48h following the injury. We examined the autopsy reports of 334 cases who died because of complicated(More)
  • B R Sharma
  • 2003
The loss of human life and function due to violence constitutes a phenomenon that affects millions of patients annually. Society demands an investigation of trauma associated with criminal activity. No longer is it acceptable for health care professionals to operate in isolation of forensic philosophies and principles. It is assumed that the individuals(More)
  • B R Sharma
  • 2005
An accurate method for quantitatively summarizing injury severity has many potential applications. The ability to predict outcome from trauma (i.e., mortality) is perhaps the most fundamental use of injury severity scoring, a use that arises from the patient's and the family's desires to know the prognosis. Field trauma scoring also is used to facilitate(More)
Post-mortem examination is considered to be the gold standard for the critique of medical practice, providing a quality control tool for the retrospective evaluation of diagnoses and treatment. Performing autopsies also facilitates new insight about the pathogenesis of disease and effects of therapy, gives feedback to clinical research protocols, provides(More)
  • B R Sharma
  • 2007
The better understanding of burn pathophysiology has resulted in effective fluid resuscitation in the acute stage, but the morbidity and mortality of burn patients are mostly linked to the burn wound consequences. Once the initial acute phase is over, the burn wound becomes the source of virtually all ill effects, local and systemic. The dysfunction of the(More)
Few abuses of human rights are so universally condemned but at the same time so universally practiced as child abuse. Over the centuries, children have been subjected to physical, sexual and emotional abuse as well as neglect. By any objective measures, this issue should rank high on the global agenda but in practice it is surrounded by a wall of silence(More)
  • B R Sharma
  • 2004
The developments in medicine in general and the technology of life support in particular have provided the means of maintaining organ function for prolonged periods of time. However, there are many situations where life-sustaining treatment in an intensive care unit (ICU) may lead to a death with lingering and suffering of the patient, as well as burdening(More)
This prospective study aimed at examining various injuries to the neck structures in deaths due to constriction of neck. Neck dissection technique, as advocated by Prinsloo and Gordon was undertaken to study the injuries to the thyro-hyoid complex, strap muscles, carotid vessels, etc. Of the 1746 medico-legal autopsies, conducted during the study period, 5%(More)
Injuries missed at initial diagnoses or operations have the potential to cause disastrous complications in trauma patients. Understanding the etiology of unrecognized injuries is essential in minimizing its occurrence. For this purpose, we scrutinized the treatment and the autopsy records of the trauma deaths from 2000 to 2004 to determine the frequency,(More)