BACKGROUND: Pediatric burns account for 120,000 emergency department visits and 10,000 hospitalizations annually. The American Burn Association has guidelines regarding referrals to burn centers; however there is variation in burn center distribution. We hypothesized that disparity in access would be related to burn center access.METHODS: Using weighted discharge data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample 2001-2011, we identified pediatric patients with International Classification of Diseases-9th Revision codes for burns that also met American Burn Association criteria. Key characteristics were compared between pediatric patients treated at burn centers and those that were not.RESULTS: Of 54,529 patients meeting criteria, 82.0% (n?=?44,632) were treated at burn centers. Patients treated at burn centers were younger (5.6 versus 6.7?years old; p?
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.ajem.2019.158401
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