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Preventing burn and scald injuries among children

Every year, several children get severe burns in the palm of their hands. Haukeland University hospital is now working to prevent scald and burn injuries among children, and this week they held a workshop to generate new initiatives.

A new report by Henning Onarheim, chief surgeon at Haukeland University Hospital, revealed that children under the age of three are admitted to hospital for burn and scald injuries 12 times as often as children over the age of five and adults. There is therefore a need to find new methods to prevent these types of injuries, as they can have severe consequences and result in the need for skin transplants.

“There have been many so called “contact injuries”, meaning that children get burn on hot surfaces, most often in the palm of their hands. This is concerning,” says Onarheim to Bergensavisen.

Haukeland University Hospital gathered key actors from all over Norway in an effort to develop new preventive initiatives against burns. The hope is that the project will result in new tools, initiatives and methods to prevent these injuries. The project initiative came from the surgical clinic at Haukeland University Hospital. Innomed, with support from The Norwegian Directorate of Health, has allocated funding to the project and both Innomed and BTO are closely involved.

Read the full article from BA here: «Barn brenner seg på «nye» peisovner» (In Norwegian).