Burns are known to result from various factors and occur in different degrees. Fires are not the only culprit: hot liquids and exposure to the sun or certain chemicals amongst other variables may lead to burns on the skin. In the UAE, children are unfortunately the most common burn victims.
Mafraq Hospital in Abu Dhabi recorded 144 patients admitted in the Burns Unit in 2013 alone. Out of these 144 patients 30% were children below the age of five. According to a survey conducted, nine out of 10 patients or parents of children being treated did not know how to apply adequate initial first-aid to burn injuries. Mafraq Hospital is owned and operated by the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company PJSC (SEHA).
According to Ms Bunna Eng-Tusitala, Unit Manager, Burn Unit, Mafraq Hospital, Abu Dhabi, UAE, “In 2013, while 50% of burn injuries were caused by fire, 40% of burn injuries recorded at Mafraq Hospital were caused by liquid burns (scalds) and nearly 80% of the scald victims were children. It is not just fire or hot objects like a stove or iron that children need to be kept away from. Hot liquids are just as dangerous.”
Ms Eng-Tusitala will discuss burn safety measures and cases in the UAE at the Patient Safety Exhibition & Congress taking place from 16-18 September 2014 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, UAE.
In the event of burn injury, there are three important steps to take for parents, bystanders or anyone who has received a burn injury. Firstly, stop the burning source, cool the burn by holding the burned area under cool running water for 20 minutes, and remain calm and immediately call for medical attention, if necessary.
Mafraq hospital in Abu Dhabi is home to the largest burn unit in the UAE. Equipped with 10 intensive care beds, state-of-the-art diagnostic, monitoring, therapeutic facilities, and its own operating room, the Burn Centre treats burn patients from the point of injury through to post-hospital rehabilitation.
“The critical care specialists available at the burn unit provide 24-hour burn care. The unit has the latest dressing materials, artificial skin substitutes and surgical techniques, ensuring that we always remain on the cutting-edge of burn care developments. The burn unit also provides services such as acute adult and paediatric burn treatment, plastic and reconstructive burn surgery and repair of complex surgical wounds,” commented Ms Eng-Tusitala.
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