Fatal Heat Stroke in Vehicle Entrapped Siblings

SK Onah, CI Ndukwu, NA Ogbuefi

Abstract


Background: Vehicle entrapment is a recognized risk
factor for paediatrics morbidity and mortality. The
dominant concern about entrapment is heat stroke
(extreme form of hyperthermia), though it often occurs in
combination with other factors like asphyxiation and
dehydration
Objective: To report a case of three children with heat
stroke following entrapment in a car.
Method: A case report of 3 children with heat stroke
following entrapment managed at Nnamdi Azikiwe
University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi.
Result: One child died before presentation, one died on
admission and the third recovered.
Conclusion: Vehicle entrapment poses a significant
threat to childhood morbidity and mortality and the risk
factors are embedded within the seemingly innocuous
routines of daily family living. It is extremely invaluable
that every means of public enlightenment is deployed to
get the ignorant and unsuspecting public aware of this
danger.


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