TABLE 3

Distribution of Hospital Admissions Grouped According to Cause of Burn Injury for Children Younger Than 5 Years Presented in 1-Year Age Groups in Western Australia, 1983–2008

Cause of Burn InjuryAge GroupTotal, N (%)a
<1 y, n (%)a1 y, n (%)2 y, n (%)3 y, n (%)4 y, n (%)
Scald475 (49.0)1385 (55.4)385 (41.8)230 (39.3)147 (34.6)2622 (53.2)
Flame146 (15.1)443 (17.7)242 (26.3)182 (31.1)141 (33.2)1154 (21.4)
Contact216 (22.3)500 (20.0)184 (20.0)96 (16.4)79 (18.6)1075 (15.3)
Chemical17 (1.8)55 (2.2)24 (2.6)19 (3.3)14 (3.3)129 (2.4)
Electrical4 (0.4)15 (0.6)17 (1.9)13 (2.2)14 (3.3)63 (1.2)
Explosions (includes fireworks)0 (0)0 (0)1 (0.1)2 (0.3)1 (0.2)4 (0.1)
Radiation (includes sunburn)62 (6.4)11 (0.4)11 (1.2)10 (1.7)14 (3.3)108 (2.0)
Unspecified49 (5.1)90 (3.6)56 (6.1)33 (5.6)15 (3.5)243 (4.5)
Totalb969 (18.0)2499 (46.3)920 (17.0)585 (10.8)425 (7.9)5398 (100)
  • a Column percent.

  • b Row percent.