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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 437
Serious accident of clients during shopping in department store: What about its pattern?


1 KMT Primary Care Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Faculty of Medicine, University of Nis, Nis, Serbia

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How to cite this article:
Roongroongroj R, Yasri S, Wiwanitkit V. Serious accident of clients during shopping in department store: What about its pattern?. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2016;9:437

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Roongroongroj R, Yasri S, Wiwanitkit V. Serious accident of clients during shopping in department store: What about its pattern?. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2016 [cited 2017 Sep 23];9:437. Available from: http://www.atmph.org/text.asp?2016/9/6/437/193973
Dear Sir,

Accident is an important problem in public health. Generally, accident can occur at any place. The analysis of the pattern of accident is very useful in preventive planning. A site that is little mentioned about accident is the department store. In the present day, department store becomes an important place for people living in the big city. Here, the authors summarize the 2 months data (January to February 2016) on serious accident record from health unit in a department store (name is blinded due to privacy reason) in Bangkok, Thailand. In the study period, there are 12 incidences of serious accidents which consist of 6 falling at the escalator (50%), 3 wounds (25%) and attack by shopping trolley, 2 falling at toilets (16.7%), and 1 attack by falling object (8.3%). Based on this data, the escalator seems to be the risk area for accident in the department store. The previous report also showed that escalator was the risk place for elderly falling.[1] In addition, the use of shopping trolley has to be well managed and controlled.[2],[3],[4] In fact, the design of shopping cart is an important concern in security and safety management.[2],[3],[4] Furthermore, precaution and safety for these specific issues are suggested.[5]

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Sora Yasri
KMT Primary Care Center, Bangkok
Thailand
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.193973

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