Management of the pediatric patient with burns

David N. Herndon, Randi L. Rutan, Thomas C. Rutan, Patricia N. Watkins

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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. 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. 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-8
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • General Nursing
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • General Health Professions


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