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
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
Formatted 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.
Keyword Bathroom
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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