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Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian children hospitalised for burn injuries: a population data linkage study

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The known Rates of burn injuries are higher for Indigenous children than for non-Indigenous Australian children. 

The new Among Indigenous children admitted to hospital for burns, the proportion presenting with burns affecting more than 10% TBSA was greater than for non-Indigenous children, and their mean stay in hospital was longer. A smaller proportion of Indigenous children with burns were treated in a hospital with a paediatric tertiary burn unit. 

The implications Indigenous children with burns may require more intensive and specialised treatment and longer rehabilitation periods than non-Indigenous children because they more frequently present with burns affecting larger proportions of TBSA. 

Burns are a major cause of injury for children in Australia.1 Indigenous Australian children are disproportionally affected: they are more than twice as likely to be hospitalised for a burn injury as non-Indigenous children, and mortality is five times as high.24 Despite this high burden, little is known about the characteristics of burn injuries to Indigenous children or whether they differ from those…