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J Pediatr Nurs. 2001 Aug;16(4):256-62.

Does teaching scald burn prevention to families of young children make a difference? A pilot study.

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  • 1Suffolk County Department of Health Services, 225 Rabro Dr., Hauppauge, NY 11788, USA.


This article reports a pilot project designed to ascertain what scald burn prevention practices parents of young children used and whether teaching would lead to implementation of burn-related home-safety practices. The sample (n = 49) was followed up longitudinally, and participants completed a survey during two home interviews conducted at 4-week intervals. There was a statistically significant change in the number of scald burn prevention measures (p <.001) implemented by parents after public health nurses provided teaching. Changes in parental behavior were correlated with ethnicity (p <.05). The results have implications for teaching families effective scald burn prevention strategies.

Copyright 2001 by W.B. Saunders Company

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