Children <2 years of age are at increased risk of sustaining burn injury and are considered more difficult to manage than older children. We performed this data collection to facilitate better understanding of the clinical characteristics of this unique subpopulation of injured children.

We collected data on 200 consecutive children <24 months of age who required admission to a regional pediatric facility between September 1, 1991 and August 22, 1993 for management of acute burns. The Shriners Burns Institute is a 30-bed regional facility that is verified as a pediatric burn center by the American College of Surgeons and American Burn Association Burn Center verification process. It provides comprehensive acute and long-term free care to children with burn injuries. We have a very busy outpatient clinic and commonly manage small burns in the outpatient setting; however, children managed as outpatients were not included in this review. Criteria for outpatient management...

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