Title

Starchy liquid burns do not have worse outcomes in children relative to hot beverage scalds.

Date of this Version

7-6-2016

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Lavigne, J. M., Patel, B., Stockton, K., & McBride, C. A. (2016, in press). Starchy liquid burns do not have worse outcomes in children relative to hot beverage scalds. Burns.

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Crown Copyright © 2016.

Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

ISSN

0305-4179

Abstract

AIM:

To characterise children presenting with hot beverage scalds versus scalds caused by starchy water.

METHODS:

Retrospective survey of prospectively collected database of all children presenting over a two-year period.

RESULTS:

There were 138 starch scalds and 262 hot beverage injuries. Children with hot beverage injuries were significantly younger (18.2 months; IQR 14.1, 27.8) than those suffering starch scald injuries (51.4 months; 18.7, 102.3; p

CONCLUSIONS:

Scald injuries caused by starchy liquids do not appear to cause a more severe injury than hot beverage scalds. There is a different pattern of injury from starchy liquids in older children. Children under three years old are less likely to receive appropriate first aid at the scene.

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