Data Snapshot: Iatrogenic Burn Injuries
MedSun: Newsletter #36, May 2009

Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority

In 2007, the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority received 224 reports of burns, singes, or sparks occurring in the healthcare facility. These burns were reports of actual or proximal harm to the patient. More than half the submitted burns were reported to have been caused by instruments or devices used in procedures, including cautery units, lights sources, and cords for these devices. Based on additional figures from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment council, an estimated 11.9 burns occur per 100,000 admissions in Pennsylvania.

Additional Information:

Data Snapshot: Iatrogenic Burn Injuries. Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority – PA Patient Safety Advisory. March 2009.

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