Background: Burn trauma occurs mostly in young children. Burn injury in the pediatric age group has multiple-aspect sequelae. Objectives: To characterize the profile of the injured pediatric burn patient, thus targeting the most vulnerable pediatric group. Methods: Between 1 January and 31 December 1996, a total of 9,235 pediatric patients were admitted for various traumatic injuries (burns, lacerations, fractures, etc.) to the Emergency Medicine Department of Schneider Children's Medical Center. We conducted a retrospective study of the patients' charts, including demographic data, which were stored in a computerized database, for statistical evaluation. The characteristics of pediatric burn patients were examined and compared with other pediatric trauma patients. Results: Of the total patient population, 282 (3.1%) suffered from burns (37% females, 63% males). The most frequent burn injury was scald burn (58%). The pediatric group that was most exposed to burns was 13-18 month old males. Conclusions: Having identified the high risk group among the pediatric burn patients, we suggest that prevention programs be directed towards this group in order to reduce further risk of burn injury.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Israel Medical Association Journal|
|State||Published - 2000|
- Pediatric age group