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Revista de Salud Pública

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SUAREZ RANGEL, Gloria Ines  and  KLEVENS, Joanne. External causes of injury attended in the city network of emergency rooms during the Christmas holidays, 1997-1998, Bogotá. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2000, vol.2, n.1, pp.57-68. ISSN 0124-0064.

In order to establish the magnitude and distribution of external causes of injury in the city of Bogotá during the Christmas Holidays, a special surveillance system was implemented. The data show that there were, on average, 430 injuries attended in the city network of emergency rooms during the three week period of surveillance, mostly men and persons between the ages of 15 and 29. About two thirds of these injured were accidental, predominantly falls. Street brawls were the main cause of injury among the remaining third of intentional injuries.

Keywords : External causes of injury; violence; Bogotá.

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