The epidemiology of burns in young children from Mexico treated at a U.S. hospital

Dipen D. Patel, Laura Rosenberg, Marta Rosenberg, Jesus Leal, Clark R. Andersen, Guillermo Foncerrada, Jong O. Lee, Carlos J. Jimenez, Ludwik Branski, Walter J. Meyer, David N. Herndon

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Introduction Young children are the most vulnerable for sustaining burns. At this pediatric burn hospital we have provided medical care to young children with severe burns from Mexico for many years. This study identified modifiable risk factors that could be used to assist in prevention of burns in this age group. Methods A retrospective chart review was performed with children <5 years of age from Mexico who were injured from 2000 to 2013. The medical records of 447 acute patients were reviewed. Results There were 187 females and 260 males with large burns >20% total body surface area (TBSA) burned. Primary causes of burns were flame and scalds. Children with flame injuries were older (3.0 ± 1.5 years of age) than those with scalds (2.6 ± 1.2 years of age). Admissions attributed to flame burns were largely from explosions by propane tanks, gas line leaks, and house fires. Most admissions for scalds were predominantly from falling in large containers of hot water, food, or grease; and fewer were attributed to spills from hot liquids. Most cases reported to a social service agency were to find resources for families. Mortality rate for flame and scald burns was low. Conclusions It is important take into account demographic, cultural, and socioeconomic variables when developing and implementing prevention programs. Burn prevention instruction for parents is crucial.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1825-1830
Number of pages6
Issue number8
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016


  • Burns
  • Epidemiology
  • Mexico
  • Prevention
  • Young children

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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