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Article: A study of burn injuries in the elderly in a regional burn centre

TitleA study of burn injuries in the elderly in a regional burn centre
Authors
Issue Date2001
PublisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/burns
Citation
Burns, 2001, v. 27 n. 4, p. 382-385 How to Cite?
AbstractWe evaluated the epidemiology and outcome of 94 elderly burn patients of age 60 years or older treated in a local burn centre over a period of 6 years. There were 44 males and 50 females with a male to female ratio of 0.88 and an average age of 73.8±9 years. The mean extent of burn was 13.3±18.4% total body surface area (TBSA) with 14 patients (15%) suffering from a burn size >20% TBSA. The vast majority of injuries (90%) occurred at home. Scalds resulted in 62 admissions (66%) and flame burns accounted for another 29 admissions (31%). The burns predominantly involved the extremities and the trunk. Four patients had inhalation injuries and required admission to the Intensive Care Unit for ventilatory support. The majority of patients (60%) did not require any operations. The mean hospital stay of the survivors was 30.1±34.1 days and 35% of them stayed less than 2 weeks. Fifty-five patients (59%) had at least one pre-existing medical problem requiring long-term medication and 41 patients (44%) were living alone. Sixty-three patients (67%) presented more than 8 h after the burn injuries and 34 patients (36.2%) had no first aid treatment of their burn wounds. In addition, 40 patients (42.5%) had their wounds treated inappropriately. Seven patients died in this series which yielded a mortality rate of 7.4%. The outcomes of early versus late excision and grafting were also analyzed.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/224701
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.904
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.895

 

DC FieldValueLanguage
dc.contributor.authorHo, WS-
dc.contributor.authorYing, SY-
dc.contributor.authorChan, HH-
dc.date.accessioned2016-04-12T07:39:00Z-
dc.date.available2016-04-12T07:39:00Z-
dc.date.issued2001-
dc.identifier.citationBurns, 2001, v. 27 n. 4, p. 382-385-
dc.identifier.issn0305-4179-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/224701-
dc.description.abstractWe evaluated the epidemiology and outcome of 94 elderly burn patients of age 60 years or older treated in a local burn centre over a period of 6 years. There were 44 males and 50 females with a male to female ratio of 0.88 and an average age of 73.8±9 years. The mean extent of burn was 13.3±18.4% total body surface area (TBSA) with 14 patients (15%) suffering from a burn size >20% TBSA. The vast majority of injuries (90%) occurred at home. Scalds resulted in 62 admissions (66%) and flame burns accounted for another 29 admissions (31%). The burns predominantly involved the extremities and the trunk. Four patients had inhalation injuries and required admission to the Intensive Care Unit for ventilatory support. The majority of patients (60%) did not require any operations. The mean hospital stay of the survivors was 30.1±34.1 days and 35% of them stayed less than 2 weeks. Fifty-five patients (59%) had at least one pre-existing medical problem requiring long-term medication and 41 patients (44%) were living alone. Sixty-three patients (67%) presented more than 8 h after the burn injuries and 34 patients (36.2%) had no first aid treatment of their burn wounds. In addition, 40 patients (42.5%) had their wounds treated inappropriately. Seven patients died in this series which yielded a mortality rate of 7.4%. The outcomes of early versus late excision and grafting were also analyzed.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/burns-
dc.relation.ispartofBurns-
dc.rightsPosting accepted manuscript (postprint): © <year>. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/-
dc.subject.meshAged, 80 and over-
dc.subject.meshBurns - epidemiology - etiology - pathology-
dc.subject.meshHong Kong - epidemiology-
dc.subject.meshMale-
dc.subject.meshMiddle Aged-
dc.titleA study of burn injuries in the elderly in a regional burn centre-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailChan, HH: hhlchan@hkucc.hku.hk-
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/S0305-4179(00)00146-7-
dc.identifier.pmid11348749-
dc.identifier.hkuros61128-
dc.identifier.volume27-
dc.identifier.issue4-
dc.identifier.spage382-
dc.identifier.epage385-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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