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A Study on After effects of Holi: Color Injury, Ocular Trauma, and Assault at a Tertiary Care Ophthalmic Center in North India

Nitin Garg, Shakti K Gupta, Vikas Hanumanthappa

Keywords : Chemical injury, Emergency, Holi, Ocular injury, Ocular trauma, Substance abuse

Citation Information : Garg N, Gupta SK, Hanumanthappa V. A Study on After effects of Holi: Color Injury, Ocular Trauma, and Assault at a Tertiary Care Ophthalmic Center in North India. Int J Res Foundation Hosp Healthc Adm 2018; 6 (1):31-36.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10035-1088

License: CC BY-SA 4.0

Published Online: 01-02-2018

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2018; The Author(s).


Introduction: India is known for its diverse culture and religions which are indeed famous for their variety of festivals. The presented study deals with one such festival called Holi and its hazardous ocular effects at Tertiary Care Ophthalmic Center In North India. Aim: To study the demographic and clinical profile of patients visiting ophthalmologic emergency tertiary care ophthalmic center during Holi in New Delhi. Objectives: • To study the pattern of normal patient flow in the emergency department of RPC. • To study the demographic and clinical profile of patients visiting Emergency Department during Holi. • To study the trend of Holi cases over the years. Materials and methods: The data were collected by conducting direct interviews with patients and from medical records of the patients visiting the Emergency Department of RPC from March 1 to 5, 2018 (i.e., 5 days). These 5 days were chosen so that it could cover the pre-Holi day, Holi day and post-Holi day. Data of total 210 patients who visited the Emergency department of RPC, AIIMS, New Delhi, were taken. Statistical data were analyzed using Microsoft Excel. Results and discussion: An increase in awareness among people shows a substantial decline in number of color injury, complications, traumatic eye injuries, and assault cases from the year 2016. Men (20) were more affected than women (9), with most common being among the youth (21 years ± 10). No change in routine cases was recorded in normal patient flow to the casualty, but a sudden spike in cases of color injury (29) was observed during the study period. Sooner the patient reported, better was the prognosis.

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