Evaluation of forensic deaths occurred in Sivas, Turkey
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Backgrounds: Despite rapid developments in the science of medicine, increased number of innovative laboratory and imaging technologies; autopsies have a crucial role in gathering and transferring valuable information. Methods: In this study; medical records and autopsy reports of forensic cases resulting in death between 2006 and 2009 in Sivas were examined, and evaluated as for medical and socio-demographic aspects. Results: Total of 540 cases assessed consisted of 393 (72.8%) males mostly (n=159; 29.4%) over 60 years of age. Deaths were mostly seen during summer (n=154; 28.5%), and suspected deaths lead the way (n=144; 26.7%), followed by traffic accidents (n=138; 25.6%). Death certificates were arranged for 425 (78.7%) cases following postmortem examinations. Conclusions: Findings in this study have shown some similarities with those of the literature. Since highest mortality rates are seen secondary to accidents, relatively simple preventive measures have vital importance. Traffic accidents, and falls from height which are among preventable causes of mortality still remain to be a challenging problem in our country and implementation of necessary safety measures, and training on this subject are of paramount importance.