Submitted: 06 Aug 2018
Accepted: 30 Oct 2018
First published online: 10 Nov 2018
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J Prev Epidemiol. 2018;3(2):e06-e06.
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Epidemiological aspects of burning in both outpatient and hospitalization settings; a cross-sectional study 

Mohammad Saeed Taheri 1 * , Kamran Aghakhani 1, Azadeh Memarian 1, Seyed Mohammad Javad Fatemi 1

1 Department of Forensic Medicine, Rsoul-e-Akram Hospital, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2 Islamic Azad University, Tehran Branch, Tehran, Iran
Correspondence to: Mohammad Saeed Taheri, Email: Email: dr.mstaheri@yahoo.com

Abstract

Introduction: Burn injury is a unique trauma with life-threatening events and high morbidity. Burn injury has been identified as an important public health problem.

Objectives: The present study aimed to characterize the epidemiological aspects of burn injuries in patients attended as outpatient or inpatients in an Iranian referral center.

Patients and Methods: This cross-sectional study retrospectively reviewed 1000 records of burn injuries including 890 outpatient records and 110 inpatient cases. The study checklist was completed by reviewing the baseline characteristics including demographic data and the information on burning injuries.

Results: Half of the patients in both outpatient and inpatient groups (52.1% and 55.6% respectively) were in the age range of 20 to 50 years. Regarding gender, 55.1% in the first group and 31.0% in the inpatient group were male. In patients who attended as outpatient, the most common majority of burn injuries were categorized in second-degree burnings that mostly occurred at home. The most frequent zones of the body suffered from burning include upper and lower extremities.

Conclusion: The efficiency of our findings can create opportunities for reducing prevalence of burning and also to control potential risk factors for burning leading to decrease in costs of burning management.

Citation: Taheri MS, Aghakhani K, Memarian A, Fatemi SMJ, Vahidian M. Epidemiological aspects of burning in both outpatient and hospitalization settings; a cross-sectional study. J Prev Epidemiol. 2018;3(2):e06. 
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