A three-decade review of thermal injuries among the elderly at a regional burn centre.


Journal Article

AIM: To review trends in incidence and treatment of thermal injuries among the elderly. METHOD: A 3-year retrospective review of medical records of people aged 65 years and older admitted to our burn centre over July 2003-June 2006. RESULTS: Elderly people with burns continued to have significant comorbidities. They were often burned because they were inappropriately trying to live alone. Thus discharge was often complicated. CONCLUSIONS: At our burn centre, survival among elderly people with burns has increased, probably as a result of more sophisticated medical, surgical and nursing care, as well as more extensive rehabilitation.

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Cited Authors

  • Macrino, S; Slater, H; Aballay, A; Goldfarb, IW; Caushaj, PF

Published Date

  • June 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 34 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 509 - 511

PubMed ID

  • 17913372

Pubmed Central ID

  • 17913372

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-1409

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0305-4179

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.burns.2007.06.010


  • eng