Bathroom scald burns in Queensland Children

Gole, Hobia, Kimble, Roy and Stockton, Kellie (2017) Bathroom scald burns in Queensland Children. Burns, 43 3: 638-641. doi:10.1016/j.burns.2016.09.029


Author Gole, Hobia
Kimble, Roy
Stockton, Kellie
Title Bathroom scald burns in Queensland Children
Journal name Burns   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1879-1409
0305-4179
Publication date 2017-05-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.burns.2016.09.029
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 43
Issue 3
Start page 638
End page 641
Total pages 4
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Language eng
Subject 2746 Surgery
2711 Emergency Medicine
2706 Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
Abstract Aim To evaluate the current characteristics of bathroom scald injuries in Queensland Children. Method Data was collected from patients who presented with a bathroom scald injury to the Stuart Pegg Paediatric Burns Centre at the Royal Children's Hospital and Lady Cilento Children's Hospital, Brisbane from January 2013 to December 2014. Results Bathroom scald burns represented 2.6% of total burns cases with an inpatient rate of 39%. The family home is the location of injury in 84% of cases and in 79% the patient was aged 2 years of age or younger. Total body surface area ranged from 0.5% to 20% with a median of 1.75% (IQR 0.63, 3.38%). In our study 8% of patients underwent grafting and 24% received follow up for scar management. Injuries occurred in rental properties in 47% of tempering valve survey respondents. The rate of installation of tempering valves was 23%. Discussion Bathroom scald burns continue to be over-represented in inpatient data. Tempering valves were not consistently installed after injury, this intervention would require further legislation to be an effective prevention strategy. Conclusion This study provides important insights into paediatric bathroom scald injuries and will assist with the development of prevention strategies.
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Aim: To evaluate the current characteristics of bathroom scald injuries in Queensland Children.

Method: Data was collected from patients who presented with a bathroom scald injury to the Stuart Pegg Paediatric Burns Centre at the Royal Children's Hospital and Lady Cilento Children's Hospital, Brisbane from January 2013 to December 2014.

Results: Bathroom scald burns represented 2.6% of total burns cases with an inpatient rate of 39%. The family home is the location of injury in 84% of cases and in 79% the patient was aged 2 years of age or younger. Total body surface area ranged from 0.5% to 20% with a median of 1.75% (IQR 0.63, 3.38%). In our study 8% of patients underwent grafting and 24% received follow up for scar management. Injuries occurred in rental properties in 47% of tempering valve survey respondents. The rate of installation of tempering valves was 23%.

Discussion: Bathroom scald burns continue to be over-represented in inpatient data. Tempering valves were not consistently installed after injury, this intervention would require further legislation to be an effective prevention strategy.

Conclusion: This study provides important insights into paediatric bathroom scald injuries and will assist with the development of prevention strategies.
Keyword Bathroom
Burn
Paediatric
Scald
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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