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Emergency department management of minor burn injuries in Ontario, Canada.
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PMID:  15019126     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Many thermal injuries are minor and can be effectively treated in a primary care setting. A cross-sectional survey was conducted to examine how emergency department physicians care for minor burns in the Canadian province of Ontario. Respondents were provided with a colour photograph of a patient with a minor burn and asked to comment about history, physical examination, investigations, treatment plan and follow-up care. A 37% response rate was attained (141/380). Of all respondents, 70% failed to record the burn extent, and 45% failed to discuss analgesia. No significant differences existed between emergency physicians in teaching and non-teaching hospitals (P > 0.05), with the exception that teaching hospital physicians referred significantly more to burn centres (P = 0.013). This suggests that educational interventions focussing on burn extent, pain control and referral criteria may be beneficial to emergency physicians.
M Bezuhly; M Gomez; J S Fish
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Burns : journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries     Volume:  30     ISSN:  0305-4179     ISO Abbreviation:  Burns     Publication Date:  2004 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-03-15     Completed Date:  2004-06-28     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8913178     Medline TA:  Burns     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  160-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Burns / diagnosis,  therapy*
Cross-Sectional Studies
Emergency Service, Hospital / standards
Emergency Treatment / standards
Health Care Surveys
Hospitals, Teaching / standards
Physical Examination
Referral and Consultation

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