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released: 11 Oct 2006 author: Harrison J & Steel D

This report shows that burns and scalds are common, the greatest number of events resulting in burn injuries take place within the home, and most are not very severe. The majority are classified as partial burns, and affect a body surface area of less than 10%. Most at risk of burn injury are children aged less than 4 years old, young males and older adults. For such populations the rate of hospitalisation is high, and according to literature in the area, the majority of these injuries are preventable.

ISSN 1833-024X; Cat. no. INJ 92; 15pp.; INTERNET ONLY

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  • Key findings
  • Hospitalisations Australia 1999–2000 to 2003–2004
  • Age and gender
  • External causes of burn and scald injuries
  • Groups most at risk
  • Scalds in children aged 4 years and under
  • Activity-related pattern of burn injuries for young males
  • Burns and scalds in the elderly
  • Intentional self-harm
  • Length of stay and burn severity
  • Other studies
  • Discussion
  • References
  • Data issues
  • Case inclusion criteria
  • Age adjustment
  • External causes not otherwise listed
  • Costs of burns and scalds
  • Data quality

Recommended citation

Harrison J & Steel D 2006. Burns and scalds. National Injury Surveillance Unit (NISU) briefing no. 7. Cat. no. INJ 92. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 30 April 2017 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442467902>.

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