THE EFFECT OF AGING ON THE DEMOGRAPHIC, INJURY AND HEALING PATTERNS OF BURN PATIENTS
Introduction: This study aims to investigate the effect of increasing age on the demographic, injury, and healing patterns of burn patients.
Material and Methods: Patients who were followed up for burns in the Diyarbakır Gazi Yaşargil Training and Research Hospital Burn Centre were examined.
Results: In this study, the data of the age groups of 1415 patients with burn injuries were examined. In all groups, the most frequent cause of burns was scalding. The right and left lower extremities were the areas most affected by burns in all age groups. When we examined the patients, 74.1% of them had 2nd-degree burns. After the age of 25, the rate of 3rd degree burns increased in parallel with age. The rate of patients with (+) wound culture results in all age groups was highest in the 1-month to 4-years-old groups and after 45 years of age. APACHE scores of our patients were significantly higher for patients especially for those over the age of 65. The rate increased in patients over 65 years of age.
Conclusion: We observed that the treatment of burns became more severe with increases in age, and mortality and morbidity rates increased.
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