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Pediatric burns in Khuzestan Province, Iran

Houshyarikhah, H. and Shayestehfard, M. and Javaherizadeh, H. and Cheraghian, B. and Latifzadeh, S. and Madari, Z. (2012) Pediatric burns in Khuzestan Province, Iran. The Journal of the Egyptian Public Health Association, 87 (1-2). pp. 34-7. ISSN 2090-262X (Electronic) 0013-2446 (Linking)

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BACKGROUND: Burn injuries are the most frequently occurring injuries among pediatric populations worldwide, and they are significant pediatric injuries in Iran. AIM: This study was conducted to analyze the pattern of pediatric burns in Khuzestan province in the south-west of Iran from April 2006 to March 2007. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The location of the study was Taleghani Hospital, a sole center for burn patients in Khuzestan province. The number of patients with burns admitted to the center in 1 year (from April 2006 to March 2007) was 211. Data were obtained by reviewing the medical records of patients hospitalized at the center. RESULTS: Of the patients, 85 (40.3) were female and 126 (59.7) were male. Of the 85 female patients, 50 were from urban areas and 35 were from rural areas. Of the 126 male patients, 68 (54) were from urban areas and 58 (46) were from rural areas. The mean +/- SE age of the children ranging between 0 and 11 years was 3.20 +/- 0.188. Scalding was the predominant cause of burns and caused 86.7 of the burns. The age of the patients with scald injuries (2.95 +/- 2.56 years) was significantly lower than that of patients with flame injuries (4.28 +/- 3.3 years) (P=0.007). Correlation analysis showed that younger children and urban residents are more vulnerable to scald injuries. The mean body surface area of burns was 20.5 +/- 10.26 cm in all patients. CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS: Scalding was the most common cause of burns. Age <4 years and residency in urban areas were the major factors increasing the risk of burn accidents in children in Khuzestan. An appropriate burn prevention program, with focus on education, is needed to prevent this injury.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: *Body Surface Area *Burns Child Hospitalization Humans Iran Soft Tissue Injuries
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences
Depositing User: مهندس مهدی شریفی
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2018 11:26

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