Major burns resulting from scalds: The california burn registry experience

Louis B. Ostrow, Frederic S. Bongard, Susan T. Sacks, Andrew McGuire, Donald D. Trunkey

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Scalds are a common cause of thermal injury in all age groups. An analysis of California Burn Regis-try data compiled during its first four years of operation showed that 618 patients had scald injuries. Of those categorized in this report, 180 (22%) had tap water scalds and 624 (177%) had scalds due to other causes (average TBSA burns of 15.1 ± 1.1% and 11.2 ± 0.5% respectively). Most of the scalds occurred in the home. Twenty-one patients (2.6%) died as a result of scald injuries, usually from tap water. Prevention efforts, especially for those at greatest risk, are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)350-352
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Nursing(all)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • Health Professions(all)


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