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Burn prevention 

Burn prevention
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Burn prevention
Author(s):

Michael Peck

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199699537.003.0002
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date: 27 September 2020

The impact of burn injuries can be minimized by attention to known risk factors, including those related to the persons involved, the mechanism and object of injury, and the physical and socioeconomic environments. Interventions can take place at three stages-to prevent the injury from occurring, to minimizing the damage caused by the burn, and to optimize chances for a successful recovery. There are a variety of strategies by which burns can be controlled, modified, or interrupted. The choice of strategies depends on factors related to values and preferences, costs, and the balance of benefits and harms. Ongoing monitoring and evaluation of programs is vital to their success. Examples of successful strategies are described, including child-resistant lighters, fire-safe cigarettes, regulation of hot water heaters, and smoke alarms.

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