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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 83-87

Epidemiology of child mortality in a tertiary hospital, New Delhi

Department of Pediatrics, VMMC and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India

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Manas Pratim Roy
Department of Pediatrics, VMMC and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi - 110 029
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DOI: 10.4103/sjhs.sjhs_49_16

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Background: India accounts for 21% death among under-five children but the profile of the children admitted in tertiary hospitals is poorly documented. We conducted secondary analysis of all hospital admissions in pediatrics wards for 1½ years to understand outcomes in different age groups. Methods: Data from October 2014 to March 2016 were retrieved and analyzed, with a focus on the age distribution at admission and death, duration of stay and outcome. Results: Almost 10% admitted children died and another 15% left the hospital before completing treatment. The analysis of 2135 deaths suggests that half of the children died within 24 h of admission. Death rate was highest among children on their 1st day of life (39%), and it reduced gradually with increase in age. Infants share 71% of all the deaths. Conclusion: Maximum death within 1st day of admission demands a further review of our referral system and health seeking behavior.

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