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Management of the Pediatric Patient With Burns

Herndon, David N. MD; Rutan, Randi L. RN, BSN; Rutan, Thomas C. RN, MSN
Journal of Burn Care & Research: January-February 1993
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Two million people in the United States receive medical treatment each year for burn injuries. One hundred thousand of these patients are hospitalized, and 7800 die as a direct result of their injuries.1 Of the patients that are hospitalized 30% to 40% are under 15 years of age. Sixty-seven percent are male. The average age of children with burns is 32 months.2 Flame burns account for approximately 13% of accidents, scalds account for 85%, and electrical and chemical burns account for approximately 2%. The majority of scald injuries are small. Sixteen percent of burn injuries are not accidental, and approximately half of these are a result of documentable, inflicted abuse.3

©1993The American Burn Association