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Review of a material of burns from a 10 year period in odense hospital denmark

Seerup, K.K.; Hall, K.V.

Ugeskrift for Laeger 143(43):

1981


ISSN/ISBN: 0041-5782
Accession: 006338986

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A 10 yr study of 943 patients with burns admitted to The Department of Plastic Surgery, Odense Hospital, Denmark, is reviewed. The annual number of admissions was constant despite the increasing number of patients transferred from other hospitals; 72% were males and 28% were females. Children < 5 yr old comprised 39%, and 10% of the patients were over 60 yr. Scalds and open fires were the most frequent causes of the burns. Of all the patients, 2/3 had small burns of < 5% and 1/2 of these required grafts. Thirty-nine patients died as compared with the anticipated 68. The most frequent cause of death was infection (38%). Bull and Fisher demonstrated in 1954 that the anticipated mortality depended upon the extent of the burn and the patient's age. In the present material, the mortality was 57% of the calculated mortality.

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