Description of Missouri children who suffer burn injuries

Kimberly S. Quayle, N. A. Wick, K. A. Gnauck, M. Schootman, D. M. Jaffe

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Objective - This study uses Missouri's inpatient and outpatient E code data system to describe the demographic characteristics of Missouri children who suffered burn injuries during 1994 and 1995. Methods - Retrospective review of Missouri E code data. Results - Altogether 8404 children aged 0-14 years were treated for burn injuries in Missouri hospitals during 1994 and 1995. The rate of burn injury in Missouri children was 339 per 100 000/year. African-American boys 0-4 years living in urban counties were at increased risk. In addition, African-American girls ages 0-4 years living in counties with a high poverty rate had raised burn injury rates. Burns from hot objects and scalds from hot liquids caused more than half of the burns. Conclusions - Hospital based E coding has proven an invaluable tool for the study of burns and will, no doubt, prove equally useful for other injuries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-258
Number of pages4
JournalInjury Prevention
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2000


  • Burns
  • E codes


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