03:43am Sunday 07 June 2020

Improving care for the burn injured

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ANZBA collaborated with Monash University in 2007 to further assist its primary aim of improving the quality of care given to burn patients and as a result the BiNBR clinical quality registry was launched in 2009.

Chair of the ANZBA BiNBR Steering Committee and Head of the Critical Care Research Division in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Professor Peter Cameron said the report was the first of its kind.

“This is incredibly important as we try to improve the care we deliver when a serious burn occurs and target prevention strategies. This is one of the most comprehensive datasets on burn injury in the world,” Professor Cameron said.

“This report represents the work of many individuals around Australia and New Zealand to bring burns clinicians together, so that there is a bi national collection and analysis of serious burns treatment and outcomes,” Professor Cameron said.

The report highlights the need for parents to be more vigilant around children, particularly when preparing meals. Playing near a person preparing hot food or drinks was the most common cause of burn injury among children in the 12 month period from July 2009 to June 2010.

In total, children represented 26 per cent of all patients admitted to hospital with burn injuries in this 12-month period. For injured adults, men (representing 69 per cent of all admissions to hospital) were twice as likely to suffer a severe burn injury as women.

“Not surprisingly, the most common place of injury for both adults and children was the home – accounting for 82 per cent of paediatric cases and 56 per cent of adult cases,” Professor Cameron said.

The report also highlights the lack of knowledge in the community about how to correctly treat burn injuries.

Chair of the ANZBA Burns Prevention Committee Sioban Connolly said the BiNBR data showed that only 20 per cent of all patients admitted to burns services have received adequate treatment immediately after being burnt.

“Adequate first aid can reduce the severity and extent of a burn injury. This knowledge is of vital importance for the community,” Ms Connolly said.

The ANZBA was formed in 1976 and is the peak body for burns professionals in Australia and New Zealand. Its primary objective is to develop higher standards of both burn patient care and burn injury prevention through research and education.

The continuation of this registry will ensure that burn care in Australia and New Zealand only continues to improve.

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