Epidemiological Analysis of Deaths Occuring While Taking a Bath

Masaharu Nara, Gen Ichi Tani, Satoru Komatsumoto

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An epidemiological analysis of deaths occuring while taking a bath was carried out in Tochigi Prefecture. Data concerning the numbers of deaths were obtained from the Tochigi Central Police Office. Long-term assessments from 1978 to 1992 were completed for a total number of 1,348 persons (793 men and 555 women). The annual number of deaths during taking a bath increased gradually from 43 in 1978 to 140 in 1992. Death occurred 1.43 times more frequently in males than in females. The number during summer was only one eighth that of the winter peak. In addition, the increase in mortality was proportional to age. The mortality figures per 100,000 were, 10 for 40–49 age group, 31 for 50–59, 79 for 60–69, 251 for 70–79 and 469 for those 80 and over. It is concluded that the number of deaths occurring while taking a bath has increased gradually in those 80 or over.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)532-537
Number of pages6
JournalNippon Ronen Igakkai Zasshi. Japanese Journal of Geriatrics
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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