Report from the California Burn Registry - The causes of major burns

F. S. Bongard, L. B. Ostrow, S. T. Sacks, A. McGuire, D. D. Trunkey

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In its first four years of operation, the California Burn Registry recorded 3,332 cases of burns, of which 73.1% were in male and 26.9% were in female patients of all ages. The average total body surface area burned was 15.4 ± 0.3%. Flame burns were the most common (31.4%). Other common sources included scalds (24.5%) and flammable liquids (12.9%). Several other causes were cited with less frequency. Burns taking place at home occurred more commonly than at all other locations combined. In all, 221 deaths (6.6%) were reported, most (66.1%) of which were due to flame burns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)653-656
Number of pages4
JournalWestern Journal of Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes

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