The Accident Service of the National Hospital last year recorded 357 deaths, of this 238 were on arrival. The main cause of deaths were road traffic accidents involving motor cycles. The majority of victims were pedestrians. This was followed by falls, homicides and suicides Director Accident Service Dr. Anil Jasinghe said.
He said a total of 97,373 accident victims were treated at the National Hospital Colombo last year. Of this 26,801 remained indoors for further treatment while the rest were outdoor patients.
Twenty seven percent of the indoor patients were transferees from other hospitals.
`These transfers further increases our already heavy work load`, he said.
The transfers from outside hospitals are done according to a Health Ministry circular. It comes from the lower level to the nearest higher level hospitals. However, due to the nature of treatment that is required this rule could be relaxed and transfers effected to the closest higher level hospital with specialized facility. An increasing trend could be seen in this regard in the recent past, Dr. Jasinghe said.
During the last year a total of 21,402 operations were performed at the Accident Unit out of which 6,801 were major operations. There were 11,544 initial operations. A total of 6,324 blood units have been given to accident victims.
The facilities at the Accident Service include three operating theatre suites for general, head and orthopaedic trauma units. The orthopaedic theatre complex comprised of five theatre suites.
Most victims were males and accounted for over 80 percent and there had always been severe over crowding and congestion at the main male observation ward. `Bed occupancy is 150 percent`, he said.
Most of the patients admitted were burn victims. There were 552 of them.
The month of July recorded the highest number of admission of 11,065 for the year 2006, Dr. Jasinghe said.