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Pediatr Emerg Care. 2003 Aug;19(4):255-9.

Do not get burned: preventing iatrogenic fires and burns in the emergency department.

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  • 1Department of Emergency Medicine, Mary Bridge Children's Hospital, Tacoma, WA 98405, USA.


Burns are a common emergency in children but are rarely sustained in the emergency department. While iatrogenic burns in the operating room have been detailed in the medical literature, there is little or no information on iatrogenic burns in the emergency department. We present 2 cases of patients who sustained burns in the emergency department and review the most common mechanisms for this to happen. It is not always evident that certain procedures can cause unexpected burns to our patients. A survey of pediatric emergency medicine fellowship programs indicates that most programs have no training about these dangers. Recommendations are made to help prevent and control iatrogenic fires in the emergency department.

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