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Burn from car seat heater in a man with paraplegia: case report.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21756574     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Heated car seats are a common feature in newer automobiles. They are increasingly being recognized as potential hazards as there have been multiple reports of significant burns to its users. The potential for harm is considerably increased in those with impaired sensation with the possibility of a devastating injury.
METHODS: Case report and literature review.
RESULTS: A 26-year-old male with a T8 ASIA A paraplegia presented to the outpatient clinic for management of a hip burn. Two weeks prior to his visit he was driving a 2004 Jeep Cherokee for approximately 30 minutes. He was unaware that the driver's side seat warmer was set on high. He denied that his seat belt was in direct contact with the skin of his right hip. He presented to an acute care hospital that evening with a hip burn where he was prescribed silver sulfadiazine cream and instructed to apply it until his scheduled follow-up clinic visit. In clinic, the hip wound was unstageable with approximately 95% eschar. A dressing of bismuth tribromophenate in petrolatum was applied to the wound and he was instructed to change the dressing daily. This was later changed to an antimicrobial alginate dressing. The ulcer eventually healed.
CONCLUSIONS: This case illustrates the significant risk of car seat heaters in individuals with spinal cord injuries or neurological impairment who have decreased sensation. Additionally, it highlights an atypical area of potential for burn. Furthermore, it emphasizes the need for a heightened awareness for this unique and dangerous situation.
Cheryl Benjamin; Michelle Gittler; Ray Lee
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of spinal cord medicine     Volume:  34     ISSN:  1079-0268     ISO Abbreviation:  J Spinal Cord Med     Publication Date:  2011  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-07-15     Completed Date:  2011-08-30     Revised Date:  2013-06-28    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9504452     Medline TA:  J Spinal Cord Med     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  332-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Medical Education, Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital, Chicago, IL, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Burns / etiology*
Paraplegia / complications*
Seat Belts / adverse effects*

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