Presentations to an emergency department with a principal diagnosis categorised as burns (ICD-10-AM codes T20–T31) were analysed.
Overall, the presentation rate for burns in Australia is generally low. Fluctuations in presentation rates—likely due to small numbers—were observed during the periods analysed. Therefore, the following results should be interpreted with caution.
Nationally, presentation rates for burns was generally lower each week during the 2019–20 bushfire season, compared with the previous bushfire season. However, there was a 10% increase in the week beginning 24 November 2019—3.1 per 100,000 persons (about 800 presentations), compared with 2.8 per 100,000 in the previous bushfire season (about 710 presentations).
To explore national data and data for states and territories, see interactive data visualisations below (for data tables see Supplementary table S3).
Emergency department presentation rate, by jurisdiction, burns (ICD-10-AM codes T20–T31), weeks in 2019–20 bushfire season relative to previous year