No Change in Fireworks-Related Burn Center Admissions: A 10-Year Analysis of the Admission Rates, Treatment, and Costs

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to provide insight into the admission rate, treatment, and healthcare costs of patients with fireworks-related burns admitted to a Dutch burn center in the past
10 years. We hypothesized that, like the nationwide number of injuries, the number of patients
admitted to a burn center with fireworks-related burn injuries would have decreased during the
study period. In this retrospective multicenter cohort study, all patients with fireworks-related burns
admitted to a Dutch burn center between 2009 and 2019 were eligible. Patients were identified
from a national database and data were obtained regarding admission details, patient and injury
characteristics, treatment, and healthcare costs. A total of 133 patients were included. On average,
12 patients were admitted per year. No increase or decrease was observed during the study period.
The median total body surface area burned was 1% (P25–P75 0.5–2.5) and 75% of the burns were of
partial thickness. Thirteen (10%) patients were admitted to the ICU and 66 (50%) underwent surgical
treatment. The mean total healthcare costs across all 133 patients were estimated at €9040 (95% CI
€5830 to €12,260) per patient. In contrast to the hypothesis, no increase or decrease was observed
in burn center admissions over the past 10 years. Most burns were of small size, but nevertheless,
all patients were admitted to a burn center and half of them underwent surgical treatment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-40
JournalEuropean Burn Journal
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Feb 2021

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