Predictors of mortality in childhood burns: An 8-year review

SARITAŞ A., ÇAKIR Z., Akcay M. N. , Kandis H., Ersunan G., ÖZTÜRK G., ...More

JOURNAL OF CHILD HEALTH CARE, vol.18, no.1, 2014 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 18 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/1367493512470575
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, Scopus


This study aims to analyze the epidemiological characteristics and predictors of mortality from burn injuries in childhood patients admitted to our hospital during an eight-year period. The medical records of acute childhood burn patients were reviewed retrospectively. All variables thought to be associated with mortality were entered in a multiple binary logistic regression model (method = stepwise). The magnitude of risk was measured by the odds ratio, and the 95% confidence interval was estimated. A total of 2269 acute childhood burn patients were admitted during the study period. A total of 86 (3.8%) children died due to burn injuries. Deaths were seen 1.849 times more in males than in females. According to the 1%-10% total body surface area (TBSA) burned group, mortality occurred 121.116 times more in the >41% TBSA burned group. Most burn injuries can be avoided by keeping children away from hazardous and dangerous environments. Also, requiring a multidisciplinary management in these patients, quality of care services given by physicians and nurses certainly will create a positive impact on patients' outcomes.