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Hot cooking oil burns: a 20-year experience.
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PMID:  15091150     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Hot cooking oil burns resulted in 316 admissions to the Burns Unit at The Royal Brisbane Hospital between January 1, 1981, and December 31, 2000. Notable demographics of this group were a male:female ratio 1.74:1 and that 24% of all patients were between the ages of 16 and 20. Workplace burns accounted for 6% of admissions only, but these tended to be of a larger total body surface area involvement. The mean duration of admission was 8.5 days, with 40% of patients undergoing surgical débridement and split-skin grafting. Two hundred thirty-nine patients had 5% or less TBSA burned, most commonly involving the hands, legs, feet, and the forearms. No patients in our study died. The proportion of patients undergoing débridement and grafting increased from zero patients at commencement of this study to a peak of 82.5% in 1998. We believe this reflects changing practice with earlier excision and grafting trying to achieve the best functional and cosmetic results. The lack of predisposing factors and the accidental nature of these burns mean appropriate prevention strategies are paramount to decreasing the number of burns of this type. Suggestions discussed include school-based education programs, warning labels included in product information, and mandatory fire blankets within the home.
Katherine Gray; Eddie Cheng; Stuart Pegg
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of burn care & rehabilitation     Volume:  25     ISSN:  0273-8481     ISO Abbreviation:  J Burn Care Rehabil     Publication Date:    2004 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-04-19     Completed Date:  2004-06-01     Revised Date:  2006-08-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8110188     Medline TA:  J Burn Care Rehabil     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  205-10     Citation Subset:  IM    
Burns Unit, The Royal Brisbane Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Accident Prevention
Age Distribution
Burns / epidemiology*,  etiology*,  prevention & control
Middle Aged
Oils / adverse effects*
Queensland / epidemiology
Retrospective Studies
Sex Distribution
Time Factors
Trauma Severity Indices
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