A prospective observational study investigating all children presenting to a specialty paediatric burns centre

Stockton, K. A., Harvey, J. and Kimble, R. M. (2015) A prospective observational study investigating all children presenting to a specialty paediatric burns centre. Burns, 41 3: 476-483. doi:10.1016/j.burns.2014.09.018


Author Stockton, K. A.
Harvey, J.
Kimble, R. M.
Title A prospective observational study investigating all children presenting to a specialty paediatric burns centre
Journal name Burns   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1879-1409
0305-4179
Publication date 2015-05
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.burns.2014.09.018
Open Access Status
Volume 41
Issue 3
Start page 476
End page 483
Total pages 8
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Aim and method

The aim of this study was to describe the mechanism of injury and outcome of all children who presented to The Stuart Pegg Paediatric Burns Centre (SPPBC) with a burn injury in the year 2013. A detailed proforma was completed prospectively at time of presentation to hospital.

Results

During the one year period, 758 children with a median age of 2 years 3 months presented with a burn injury. Overall, 12.7% of patients (n = 96) were initially treated as inpatients. Similarities existed between in and outpatients. Over half the children admitted had a scald injury (53.1%). Whilst slightly higher than the outpatient scald rate of 43.1% there was no statistical significant difference. However, there was a significant difference between inpatients and outpatients with respect to other mechanisms of injury. Contact burns were under represented in inpatients (27.1%) compared to outpatients (44.5%), p < 0.05. In contrast, flame burns were over represented in inpatients, 11.5% compared to outpatients, 2.9% (p < 0.05).

Conclusion

Paediatric burns are a common cause of childhood injury. The majority of children present with small to medium sized partial thickness injuries and are managed as outpatients. In order to understand the true impact of paediatric burn injury and to develop appropriate targeted injury prevention campaigns, data repositories must include detailed information regarding outpatient paediatric burns.
Keyword Paediatric
Burn injury
Outpatient
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online ahead of print 23 Oct 2014

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2015 Collection
Queensland Children's Medical Research Institute Publications
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