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Sink bathing burns: A unique opportunity for an injury prevention initiative.

Authors
  • Borg, Breanna A1
  • Durgham, Michael1
  • Shanti, Christina M2
  • Klein, Justin D3
  • 1 Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, United States. , (United States)
  • 2 Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, MI, United States. , (United States)
  • 3 Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, MI, United States. Electronic address: [email protected] , (United States)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Burns : journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2020
Volume
46
Issue
8
Pages
1875–1879
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.burns.2020.05.016
PMID: 32586614
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Sink-bathing is common practice among parents. However, this puts infants and young children at unrecognized risk for burn injuries. As the only verified pediatric burn center in a large urban area, we treat burn patients from a large variation in socioeconomic status. This provides us a unique opportunity to examine sink-burn injury patterns, circumstances surrounding these burns, identify areas with high incidence and put in place an injury prevention outreach initiative. This retrospective study included patients treated for sink-bathing burns at our burn center in an 8.5-year period. Analysis of 71 patients revealed infants under one year of age are most commonly afflicted. Additionally, that families of low-socioeconomic means are disproportionately affected. Understanding the different circumstances surrounding sink-bathing burns allows us to be more specific in our community education efforts and efficiently guide our resources. Copyright © 2020 Elsevier Ltd and ISBI. All rights reserved.

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