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Pre-hospital care received by injured children less than five years admitted to the Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children, Colombo

Authors:

Gayani Gunawardhana ,

Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo, LK
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Sampatha Goonewardena

Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, LK
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Senior Lecturer, Department of Community Medicine
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Abstract

Objective To describe the pre-hospital care received by injured children less than five years admitted to the Lady Ridgeway Hospital and associated factors.

Methods A hospital based descriptive cross sectional study was carried out at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital accident ward. A sample of 400 pairs consisting of a pre-hospital care giver and child were recruited. Structured pre–tested interviewer administered questionnaire was used for data collection and descriptive analysis was used.

Results Mean age of the children and pre hospital care giver was 38 months (SD±13.27) and 32.8 years (SD±5.9) respectively. Majority 90.5% (N=362) of care givers were mothers and only 15.7% of had first aid training. However, most (60.5%) of care givers had good knowledge on first aid. First aid box with basic equipment was available for 56.8% injured children. Majority (59.3%) of children was transported within the golden hour and used three wheelers (57%). Although a majority (87.5%) of care givers had access to communication methods only 21.5% knew the emergency telephone number.

Conclusions Correct first aid practice was significantly associated with first aid training of the care giver. Since most injured children were transported by three-wheelers, it is imperative to train three-wheeler drivers about how to transport injured children safely.

How to Cite: Gunawardhana, G. & Goonewardena, S., (2016). Pre-hospital care received by injured children less than five years admitted to the Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children, Colombo. Journal of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka. 21(1), pp.49–60. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jccpsl.v21i1.8076
Published on 18 Jul 2016.
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