Prevention of paediatric hot beverage scalds
Hot beverage scalds are a painful and, unfortunately, common burn injury in children accounting for 1 in 5 of all childhood burns treated. Despite the high incidence, physical suffering, potential psychological issues, and significant financial costs to the healthcare system, there is a paucity of research and initiatives aimed at preventing hot beverage scalds (HBS). The aim of this research is to provide a better understanding of HBS injuries and develop an intervention aimed at preventing
... ed at preventing them. The research was undertaken in four stages-each informing the subsequent stages-and culminating in a HBS prevention intervention strategy. In Stage 1, the magnitude of the injury was highlighted through a retrospective trend analysis which compared data on children presenting to a major paediatric burn centre in Brisbane, Australia, with historical data from the same burn centre 10 years earlier. Stage 2 investigated the potential risk and protective factors for HBS through a cross-sectional survey of parents/caregivers of young children with HBS delivered, via iPad prior to the child's burn dressing change. This survey provided detailed information about the circumstances surrounding the scald injury-before, during and immediately after.