Hospital-Based Emergency Department Visits With Pediatric Burns: Characteristics and Outcomes.

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OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to examine the characteristics and outcomes in children presenting to emergency departments (EDs) with burn injuries. METHODS: The Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS) for the years 2008 to 2013 was used. All patients younger than 18 years who visited a hospital-based ED with a burn injury were selected. The study focused on (1) demographics (age, sex, insurance status), (2) characteristics of burns (types, causes), (3) disposition status after ED/hospitalization, (4) charges (ED and hospital), and (5) patient outcomes. Inclusion criteria were a visit to ED in the United States with a burn. Descriptive statistics were used to summarize the findings. RESULTS: During the study period, there were 746,593 ED visits due to burn injuries. Majority were insured by Medicaid (52.8%). Most frequent injuries were burns of wrists/hands (39.5%), lower limbs (24.1%), and upper limb-except wrist/hand (20.1%). The most common causes of burns were heat from electric appliances (37.1%) or hot liquids and vapors (24.8%). Following the ED visit, 89.1% were discharged routinely, and 4.3% were admitted. Mean charge per patient per ED visit was $1117. Total ED charges across the United States was $708.7 million. When admitted, mean length of stay was 5.7 days. Total hospitalization charge across the United States was $1.7 billion. CONCLUSIONS: Pediatric burn injuries require significant resources for stabilization and treatment by EDs. The present study highlights the burden and impact of pediatric burn injuries in the United States.

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Cited Authors

  • Abramowicz, S; Allareddy, V; Lee, MK; Nalliah, RP; Rampa, S; Allareddy, V

Published Date

  • August 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 36 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 393 - 396

PubMed ID

  • 30624417

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1535-1815

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/PEC.0000000000001699


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States