Deprivation and Time to Heal for Paediatric Burns Patients - Abstract
Background: The incidence of sustaining a burn increases with deterioratingdeprivation. It is not known whether deprivation is correlated with delayed healing from burn injuries. Aim: To assess whether deprivation affects time to heal following a burn. Methods: Only superficial partial thickness burns were included to minimize the effect of heterogeneous depths. Patients attending Sheffield Children’s Hospital were identified over a 3-year period (9th April 2013 – 30th March 2016) on the International Burn Injury Database. Time to heal was identified in the nursing documents. The Index of Multiple Deprivation was used for the deprivation measure (1= most deprived; 10= least deprived). Data analysis was performed using Excel 2010 and SPSS 2017 for Spearman’s Rank Correlation. Results: 378 patients met the inclusion criteria with adequately documented information. Median Index of Multiple Deprivation was 2. Median TBSA was 1% (Range 0.1 – 27%). Median time to heal was 9 days (Range 2-42). No significant correlation between the Index of Multiple Deprivation score and length of time to heal exists (r = -0.072 with a p-value of 0.082).1.5. Discussion/Conclusion: This study found no correlation between deprivation and time to heal following a superficial partial thickness burn. These findings may differ in an adult population.