Evaluating the pattern of Injury and Outcome of Victims in Ahvaz Terrorist Attack

Document Type : Original Article


1 Trauma Research Center, Nursing Faculty, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

2 Trauma Research Center, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran



Background: Responses for medical emergencies can be different during most terrorist attacks in which civilians and military personnel might be killed or wounded. The present study aimed to reflect on injury patterns and the outcome of victims in terrorist attacks.

Methods: A retrospective research design study was conducted on the data obtained from terrorist attacks in the city of Ahvaz, Iran, on September 22, 2018. In this deadly incident, 92 military and civilian victims had been transferred to hospitals within the first 24 hours. To this end, the data including age, gender, causes, site of injuries, outcomes, and the Injury Severity Score (ISS) values were analyzed. Data were acquired from the Iranian Legal Medicine Organization, the Iranian Emergency Department, as well as health care facilities.

Results: The findings revealed that, out of 92 victims of Ahvaz terrorist attack, 85 cases (92.4%) were men. The mean age of these individuals was also by 28.68±11.22 years and 41.3% of them were in need of urgent surgical interventions. There was also no information regarding casualties in 22.3% of the cases. As well, 25% of the causalities had led to death. The mean of ISS was by 8.19±13. Besides, there was a significant relationship between ISS values and patient outcomes (p <0.0001). A relationship was further found between multiple injuries and mortality rates although it did not include main body parts.

Conclusion: The results showed that the mortality rate of the casualties Ahvaz terrorist attack was high. With reference to the given findings, extensive actions are needed to maintain the readiness of the emergency medical care services and to manage such events to improve the outcome of these events.


Articles in Press, Corrected Proof
Available Online from 30 March 2021
  • Receive Date: 15 April 2020
  • Revise Date: 28 February 2021
  • Accept Date: 30 March 2021