J Korean Burn Soc.  2012 Jun;15(1):1-4.

Analysis of Death of Burn Patients in a Burn Specialized Hospital: A Retrospective Clinical Study

  • 1Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Pureun Hospital Burn Center, Daegu, Korea. weonjo@pnuyh.co.kr
  • 2Department of Burn Surgery, Pureun Hospital Burn Center, Daegu, Korea.
  • 3Department of Preventive Medicine, Keimyung University School of Medicine, Daegu, Korea.


Burns are one of the most important causes of mortality. We tried to analysis of death in severely burned patients in a single burn specialized hospital.
We reviewed the records of patients admitted to the intensive care unit for 5 years, from 2007 to 2011. Information was collected on age, sex, type of burn, burn surface area, length of intensive care unit stay, presence of inhalation injury and causes of mortality by chart review.
During 5 years, 56 patients were died in our intensive care unit. The average was 51.6 years and the sex ratio was 1.95:1 for males and females. The mean burn surface area (BSA) was 67.2%. Eight (32.1%) of the patients died within 48 hrs. The hospital stay of the death was from 1 to 40 days (average 7.6 days). In outdoor accidents, sex ratio and BSA were 4.60:1 (P=0.023) and 75.4+/-22.7% (P=0.021), respectively, while 1.00:1 and 58.8+/-29.7%, respectively, in indoor accidents.
The mortality in severe burn patient was 12.5%. In accidents occurred outdoors, male was predominant. In outdoor accidents, the BSA was larger than that of indoor disasters.


Burn; Intensive care unit; Mortality
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