Survival After Burn Injuries


Survival After Burn Injuries


Erinanne Gueli



Erinanne Gueli, AMT495: Applied Mathematics Project
Faculty Mentor(s): Professor Chaitali Ghosh, Mathematics

Burn injuries continue to be one of the leading causes of unintentional death and injury in the United States, and the primary causes are fire-flame, scalds, contact with a hot object, electrical and chemicals. In the United States, around 1.1 million burn injuries require medical attention annually. Approximately 50,000 require hospitalization and approximately 4,500 of those people die. In addition, a large number of people die from burn-related infections every year. Children under the age of 15 are more vulnerable to scald burns, and fire-flame burn risk increases as age increases for the general population. Burn injuries are a major public health concern since many of the survivors sustain serious scarring, and life-long physical and emotional disabilities. Addressing these factors is important to help us understand survival in burn injuries. This project aims to identify the factors that predict the likelihood of survival in a burn center using an observational study of 1000 patients obtained from the National Burn Repository. Potential predictors such as age, gender, race, total burn surface area, burn involved inhalation injury, and flame involved inhalation injury will be considered using standard statistical analysis.

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Survival After Burn Injuries