The Parkland Burn Center experience with 297 cases of child abuse from 1974 to 2010

Erica I. Hodgman, Rachel A. Pastorek, Melody R. Saeman, Michael W Cripps, Ira H. Bernstein, Steven E Wolf, Karen J Kowalske, Brett D Arnoldo, Herbert Phelan

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Abstract

Introduction: Pediatric burns due to abuse are unfortunately relatively common, accounting for 5.8-8.8% of all cases of abuse annually. Our goal was to evaluate our 36-year experience in the evaluation and management of the victims of abuse in the North Texas area. Methods: A prospectively maintained database containing records on all admissions from 1974 through 2010 was queried for all patients aged less than 18 years. Patients admitted for management of a non-burn injury were excluded from the analysis. Results: Of 5,553 pediatric burn admissions, 297 (5.3%) were due to abuse. Children with non-accidental injuries tended to be younger (2.1 vs. 5.0 years, . p .

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalBurns
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2016

Keywords

  • Abuse
  • Burn
  • Epidemiology
  • Non-accidental trauma
  • Pediatric

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Surgery

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