What is the morbidity and mortality of burn injuries?

Updated: Jan 10, 2018
  • Author: Robert L Sheridan, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, DSc, MSc, AGAF  more...
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Outcomes for burn patients have improved dramatically over the past 20 years, yet burns still cause substantial morbidity and mortality. [1, 2] Proper evaluation and management, coupled with appropriate early referral to a specialist, greatly help in minimizing suffering and optimizing results. [3, 4, 5]

Burn injury is a common cause of morbidity and mortality. [6] In the United States, approximately 1.25 million people with burns present to the emergency department each year. [7, 8] Among these, 63,000 have minor burn injuries that are treated primarily in the emergency department and an additional 6000 sustain major burn injuries that require hospital admission. [9, 10, 11]

For excellent patient education resources, visit eMedicineHealth's First Aid and Injuries Center. Also, see eMedicineHealth's patient education article Thermal (Heat or Fire) Burns. [12]

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