A seven-year burn unit experience in Kayseri, Turkey: 1996 to 2002


JOURNAL OF BURN CARE & REHABILITATION, vol.26, no.1, pp.79-84, 2005 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


A retrospective multifactorial epidemiological study of 742 patients admitted to Erciyes University Medical Faculty Burn Unit during a 7-year period between 1996 and 2002 is presented. The overall male-to-female ratio was 1.88:1. The highest-risk age group of burn injuries was 0 to 6 years (48.6%), with the greatest number of injuries occurring to children who were 2 to 3 years of age. Seasonal variations had no influence on the increased number of admissions to the burn unit. Scalding was the major cause of pediatric burns. Flame burns were the most frequent cause of burns in adults and the second-leading cause in children. Seventy-eight of the 742 patients died, with a mortality rate of 7.8% in children and 12.6% and 19.23% in adult males and females, respectively. The overall mortality rate was 10.5%.