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Scalding Burn Injuries

Scalding Burn Injuries Prevention

According to the CDC scalds are burn injuries – scalding burn injuries attributed to hot liquids or steam, account for 33%–58% of all patients hospitalized for burns in the United States (1–3). Adults aged ≥65 years have a worse prognosis than younger patients after scald burns because of age-related factors and comorbid medical conditions (4), and they are subject to more extensive medical treatment than younger adults. To estimate the number of emergency department (ED) visits for nonfatal scald burns among U.S. adults aged ≥65 years and describe their characteristics, CDC analyzed ED visit data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System All Injury Program (NEISS-AIP).

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This report summarizes the results, which indicated that adults aged ≥65 years made an estimated 51,700 initial visits to emergency rooms, for an average of 8,620 visits per year and an estimated average annual rate of 23.8 visits per 100,000 population. Two thirds of visits were made by women. Most (76%) of the nonfatal scald injuries occurred at home; 42% were associated with hot food and 30% with hot water or steam. The findings in this report highlight the need for effective scald-prevention programs targeted to older persons.

Nursing home scalding injuries can happen in the shower, due to an distracted or inattentive caregiver, a unsafe water heater or supply system, hot liquids beverages or from radiators or steam all of which have the common aspect of being preventable with proper care and supervision.

A lack of care is often to blame for burn injuries in nursing homes.  Contacting an experienced nursing home neglect attorney can assist you in ensuring that the facility is held accountable for a burns sustained to yourself or loved one.

Kenneth LaBore has years of experience in nursing home neglect and elder care abuse cases and can provide you with the assistance with your nursing home burn injury case. Contact Kenneth LaBore locally at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or fill out the  contact form on this page.