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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 16-19

Study of patterns of Burns in Rescuer


Department of Burns and Plastic surgery, BJMC Ahmedabad and Associated Civil Hospital Ahmedabad, India

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M F Shaikh
Professor and Head, Department of Burns & Plastic surgery B.J Medical college, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
India
M F Shaikh
Professor and Head, Department of Burns & Plastic surgery B.J Medical college, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
India
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Burn injury to the rescuers is one aspect of burns which has not been sufficiently studied and very few studies are available on pattern of burns in rescuer of victims of burn injury. With this aim, a retrospective study of 15 rescuer burn patients was conducted on patients managed at Department of Burns and Plastic surgery, Civil Hospital Ahmedabad. Twelve patients were males and 3 patients were females. Average age of rescuers was 32.3 years (range 23-55 years) and body surface area ranged for 1-20%. Most rescuers had a primary level of school education and did not have any knowledge of the techniques of rescuing a burns victim. The most common site of incident was kitchen. The primary victim had suicidal burns in 10 cases and accidental burns in 5 cases. The burns were predominantly limited to the upper extremity, head and neck and anterior trunk in most cases. Lack of knowledge about the correct techniques of rescuing a burn victim was a major factor related to the sustenance of rescuer burn. Also the incidence of rescuer burns is grossly underreported as most of such cases never come up for their own treatment in the presence of a more severely burnt relative and if the primary victim succumbs to his /her injuries, the rescuer never turns up for follow up treatment.


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