Jennifer Butler Ellis

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The commonest cause of accidental poisoning in the South African black paediatric population is paraffin ingestion. In this intervention study a specifically designed child-resistant container (CRC) was introduced to evaluate whether its use would decrease the incidence of paraffin ingestion. CRCs were distributed to 20,000 households in the study area(More)
Paraffin ingestion is the commonest cause of accidental childhood poisoning in South Africa. Children from the lower socio-economic group are affected most. They drink paraffin in the summer months from bottles or intermediate containers, mistaking it for water or cold-drink. The children are predominantly male with a mean age of 24 months. The clinical(More)
An altered 'Cause of Death' certificate is proposed. The major changes involve the use of the international format for certification of death and provision for collection of extra data, i.e. estimated age at death, sex, population group and, where relevant, the mass of an infant at birth. The new format will facilitate improved data collection and the(More)
The proposed new death certificate was tested in urban and rural hospitals and among general practitioners. Of the 471 death certificates returned, 70% were correctly completed. The underlying cause of death was identifiable in 86.6% of cases. The accuracy of cause of death statements was analysed in greater detail. Some items on the proposed form were not(More)