The present study included all cases of death due to thermal burns brought to the mortuary of Government General Hospital, attached to Gulbarga between July 2003 to June 2008. During the study period a total of 698 cases of deaths due to thermal burns were studied. The incidence of death due to burns is 25.41%, maximum number of death 44.84% occurred in the age group 21-30 years. Female outnumbered males by about 3-times i.e., in a ratio of 3:1 and out of 511 females 74.39% were married and 25.61% were unmarried. 17.34% of victims could not survive for more than 12 hours whereas 30.66% of victims died after 5 days of incident and 21.63% of victims died with 80-90% burns most of the victim (65.54%) died due to septicemic shock. It was also observed 85.67% of the victims had accidental burns. Out of total dowry death cases 60.08% were due to burns.
Thermal burns, Septicemia, Dermo-epidermal burns