Research Articles, Komfe Akonye Teaching Hospital, Kumasi

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Epidemiological study of burns in Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, 2006–2009

Pius Agbenorku, Anthony Edusei, James Ankomah burns 37 (2011) 1259 – 1264 Journal of the International Society for Burns Injuries

AIM: To identify and describe the patterns of burns reported at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) from 2006 to 2009 and their outcomes on the various age groups and genders. Read full article

Experience in the management of axillary post-burn scar contractures

Agbenorku P., Agbenorku M

Nigerian Journal of Plastic Surgery, Volume 6 number 2, Sept 2010

BACKGROUND: Axillary post-burn scar contracture is a challenging problem to the reconstructive surgeon owing to the wide range of abduction that should be achieved. The aim of this paper is to highlight the various management options used in managing axillary contractures in our hospitals and to itemize the complications commonly encountered. Read full article

A new era in the management of Burns Trauma in Kumase, Ghana

Agbenorku P. Akpaloo J. Yalley D. Appiah A.

Annals of Burns and Fire Disasters – vol. XXIII – n. 2 – June 2010

SUMMARY: The aim of the study was to investigate the factors affecting the outcome of treatment of burns patients admitted to the Burns Intensive Care Unit (BICU) of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Kumasi, Ghana. Information on patients admitted to the BICU from February 2001 to January 2006 was recorded… The mortality rate fell over the years, decreasing drastically between 2001 (20.4%) and 2002 (8.6%) and remaining at single digit level in 2003 (7.6%), 2004 (7.9%), and 2005 (7.4 %). The factors affecting the mortality trends were proper case management, increases in the number of professional medical personnel, and their greater dedication. Read full article

Burn disasters in the middle belt of Ghana from 2007 to 2008 and their consequences

P. Agbenorku, J. Akpaloo, B.F. Farhat, P.E. Hoyte-Williams, J. Yorke, M. Agbenorku, M. Yore, M. Neumann

BURNS 36 (2010) 1309 – 1315 Journal of the International Society for Burns Injuries

AIM: To study the survival and mortality trends in four fire disasters in the middle belt of Ghana from 2007 to 2008 and to explore measures that could minimize the risk of future disasters. Read full article

Multicenter plastic surgery outreach services for underserved Ghanaian communities

Pius Agbenorku, Margaret Agbenorku, Emily Bentsir-Elegba, Abiba Iddi, Fritz Abude, Ransford Sefenu, Paul Matondo, Lawrence Tuuli and Mackensie Yore

European Journal of Plastic Surgery Volume 34, Number 2, 111-118, DOI: 10.1007/s00238-010-0482-9

This paper describes the efforts of one plastic surgery team composed of Ghanaians from one of the major metropolitan areas in Ghana to meet the plastic surgery needs of rural Ghanaian communities. The aim was to analyze retrospectively the cases managed by the team, the difficulties which arose over a 14-year period, and the provision of recommendations for such future work. This study reviewed the medical records of patients treated during 86 outreach visits to nine centers from October 1995 to September 2009. … This paper provides an example of the possibilities for surgical outreach work that exist and how challenges that come up during surgical outreach visits can be handled effectively. It also highlights the need for outreach medical work in developing countries like Ghana, especially since there is a reduction in foreign outreach medical missions. Full article available from Springerlink