Medicine is important. Take care of yourself, then your family, then your neighbors, then your community.
Today we’re covering burns, at request from one of our readers (sorry for the delay, fellas). Each year approximately one million people in the United States seek medical care for burns, approximately one-third of these in the emergency department (ED). Although the vast majority of injuries do not require hospitalization, severe burns can lead to significant morbidity and death.
Here are the numbers for survival rates and demography.
Selected Statistics: 2003-2012 Burn Admissions to Burn Centers
Survival Rate: 96.6%
Gender: 69% male, 31% female
Ethnicity: 59% Caucasian, 20% African-American, 14% Hispanic, 7% Other
Admission Cause: 43% fire/flame, 34% scald, 9% contact, 4% electrical, 3% chemical, 7% other
Place of Occurrence: 72% home, 9% occupational, 5% street/highway, 5% Recreational/Sport, 9% Other 
All things being equal, if you managed to get to good definitive care, your odds of survival are pretty good – when the grid…
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