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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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VENDRUSCULO, Tatiane Meda et al. Burns in the domestic environment: characteristics and circumstances of accidents. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2010, vol.18, n.3, pp.444-451. ISSN 1518-8345.

This study characterizes burn accidents in the domestic environment and identifies the circumstances of accidents affecting children, adults or elderly people who need supervision or care. Demographic data and burn characteristics of 61 domestic environment burn victims were collected. The family members of 13 children and one aged adult, who needed supervision or special care, were selected to answer a semi-structured interview. Two thematic groups were identified: social and environmental factors that might have contributed to the burn accidents and circumstances involving the accidents. Risk factors were: low socioeconomic and educational levels of mothers and those responsible for the children at the moment of the accident, small houses considering the number of occupants and unsafe kitchen equipment. Although cases of domestic violence were not identified there was neglect from caregivers. Health professionals should be attentive and investigate the circumstances of accidents involving vulnerable individuals.

Keywords : Burns; Accidents, Home; Child Abuse.

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