Profile Of Burn Victims Attended By An Emergency Unit

  • Lidiane Souza Lima
  • Viviane Oliveira de Sousa Correia
  • Tycianne Karoline Garção Nascimento
  • Bárbara Jeane Pinto Chaves
  • José Rodrigo Santos Silva
  • José Antônio Barreto Alves
  • Daniele Vieira Dantas
  • Maria do Carmo de Oliveira Ribeiro


Objectives: to identify the sociodemographic and health profile of burn victims, knowing the characteristics of the events and detecting the major analgesics prescribed in the emergency department.

Methods: descriptive, exploratory and quantitative study with 16 burn victims treated at a Burn Treatment Unit from October 2015 to May 2016.

Results: the average age of participants was 31.8 years (± 14.1). Mostly, the subjects were male (62.5%), single (43.8%), brown (68.8%), economically active (75.0%) and coming from Aracaju and its surroundings (62.5%). Injuries from burns were mostly of second degree (93.8%) and reached the lower limbs (68.8%). The average burned body surface was 15.8% (± 11.5). The circumstances surrounding burns occurred mainly at home (50.0%), on Sundays (25.0%) and in the shifts morning (37.5%) and night (37.5%). The main etiological agent was alcohol (31.3%). All patients received analgesia in the emergency department, but the minority had pain documented (18.8%). The physician was the only professional who reported pain in their records, but did incompletely (18.8%).

Conclusion: due to the negative effects of burns, it is crucial to adopt educational and preventive measures to change the current scenario of epidemiology of such trauma.

Keywords: Burns; Epidemiology; Analgesia; Emergency.


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SOUZA LIMA, Lidiane et al. Profile Of Burn Victims Attended By An Emergency Unit. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 10, feb. 2017. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 29 june 2017. doi:

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