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Pediatric Scald Injuries; A 10-Year Experience From an American Burn Association Verified Adult and Pediatric Burn Center
Mark J Johnston, RN, Heidi M Altamirano, RN, William Mohr III, MD. Regions Hospital, St. Paul, MN, USA

Scald injuries are a leading cause of pediatric burn trauma. This poster will demonstrate a 10 year experience of pediatric scald injuries at an American Burn Association verified Adult and Pediatric Burn Center. The pediatric patients were grouped into the Safe Kids age categories. Age, sex, mechansism of injury, and outcome were evaluated utilizing a retrospective chart review. In addition, lengths of stay were reviewed. Pull down injuries remain a significant mechansim of pediatric scald injuries, especially in the Safe Kids zzzlittle kidszzz age group. Coffee, tea, and noodle soup are often the liquids that cause scald injuries in this age group. Most injures do not need surgical intervention. In addition, the evolution of the long term dressing for burn wound care has impacted the overall length of stay in pediatric patients over the past 10 years. Prevention efforts continue to be necessary for pediatric scald injuries particularly in the 1-4 age group.


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