Pattern of unintentional burns: a hospital based study from Pakistan

Adil, S. O., Ibran, E.-A., Nisar, N. and Shafique, K. (2016) Pattern of unintentional burns: a hospital based study from Pakistan. Burns, 42(6), pp. 1345-1349. (doi:10.1016/j.burns.2016.03.020) (PMID:27184806)

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Background: Burns are major cause of morbidity and mortality in developing countries. Better understanding of the nature and extent of injury remains the major and only available way to halt the occurrence of the event. The present study was conducted to determine the prevalence of by self and by other unintentional burn, their comparison and the possible mode of acquisition by obtaining the history of exposure to known risk factors. Methods: A cross-sectional questionnaire based survey was conducted in Burns Centre of Civil Hospital Karachi, Pakistan and 324 hospitalized adult patients with unintentional burns were consecutively interviewed during August 2013 to February 2014. Information was collected on socio-demographic profile. The source of burn, affected body part and place of injury acquisition in terms of home, outside or work were also noted. Logistic regression model was conducted using SPSS software. Results: Out of 324 patients, 295 (91%) had unintentional burn by self and 29 (9%) had unintentional burn by others. Male gender were 2.37 times and no schooling were 1.75 times more likely to have self-inflicted unintentional burn. Lower limb and head and neck were less likely to involve in unintentional burn by self. Conclusion: The burden of unintentional burn by self was considerably higher. Male gender and no schooling were found more at risk to have unintentional burn by self.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Shafique, Dr Kashif
Authors: Adil, S. O., Ibran, E.-A., Nisar, N., and Shafique, K.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Public Health
Journal Name:Burns
Published Online:14 May 2016

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