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

Saritas A., ÇAKIR Z., AKÇAY M. N., Kandis H., ERSUNAN G., ÖZTÜRK G., ...More

JOURNAL OF CHILD HEALTH CARE, vol.18, no.1, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) 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 (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: No


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.