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J Trauma. 1987 Oct;27(10):1161-5.

Transfers from emergency room to burn center: errors in burn size estimate.

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  • 1Department of Surgery, University of Miami School of Medicine, FL.


Errors in estimation of burn size are commonplace in community hospital emergency rooms. In 24 of 132 transfers to a burn center the extent of injury was overestimated at the transferring emergency room by 100% or more. This incorrect burn size estimation seems related to reliance on guesswork or use of the Rule of Nines. The incidence of error is greater in smaller burns.

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