The effect of COVID-19 pandemic on the number of patients in burns services


Altiner S., Tuncal S., Unal Y., Col M., BÜYÜKKASAP A. Ç. , Pekcici M. R.

INTERNATIONAL WOUND JOURNAL, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/iwj.13797
  • Journal Name: INTERNATIONAL WOUND JOURNAL
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Keywords: burn injury, burn services, COVID-19, pandemic, INJURY
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

This study was conducted to examine the effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic on the epidemiological characteristics and causes of burns in patients admitted to burns services. A total of 629 patients who applied to the burn center of our hospital on March 11 to June 11, 2019, and March 11 to June 11, 2020, were included in this single-center, retrospective study. The demographic information of the patients, causes of burns, burn degrees, affected anatomical areas, admission times and burn surface areas were recorded retrospectively according to patient records. The findings of our study suggest that gender, age, causes of burns, affected anatomical areas and application times did not differ before and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of cases has significantly decreased during the COVID-19 pandemic compared with that of the previous year. As a result, burn trauma is an emergency; it is preventable and cannot be ignored. The COVID-19 pandemic has had many effects on social, cultural and economic fields, as well as on the field of health.