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June 1992

Hot Embers and Ashes as Sources of Burns in Children

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics; Department of Surgery The University of South Florida College of Medicine One Davis Blvd, Suite 404 Tampa, FL 33606

Am J Dis Child. 1992;146(6):657-658. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1992.02160180015002

Sir.—We recently reviewed our experience with a well-defined group of children to help identify the patient population at risk of thermal injury from contact with hot embers and ashes. Charts were reviewed for all children admitted to the Tampa Bay (Fla) Regional Burn Center between January 1986 and May 1991 who had been burned by hot embers or ashes. The following information was noted: patient sex and age, total body surface area burned, body parts burned, location of heat source, seasonal distribution of burn injuries, persons responsible for starting the fire, necessary treatment, need for grafting, presence of complications, length of hospital stay, and level of function after treatment.

Patient Reports.—Thirty-four children with burn wounds from hot embers and ashes were identified from medical charts. All were younger than age 16 years (median, 30 months; range, 11 months to 12 years 3 months). Twenty-four patients (71%) were younger

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