• 1 1General Surgery Department, Hospital Sultanah Aminah, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
  • 2 General Surgery Department, Hospital Sultan Ismail, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
  • 3 2Plastic Surgery and Burns Unit, Department of Surgery, Pusat Perubatan Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Cheras, Malaysia
Burns Trauma, 2019;7:3.
PMID: 30705904 DOI: 10.1186/s41038-018-0140-1


Background: Prognostic measures to determine burn mortality are essential in evaluating the severity of individual burn victims. This is an important process of triaging patients with high risk of mortality that may be nursed in the acute care setting. Malaysian burn research is lacking with only one publication identified which describes the epidemiology of burn victims. Therefore, the objective of this study was to go one step further and identify the predictors of burn mortality from a Malaysian burns intensive care unit (BICU) which may be used to triage patients at higher risk of death.

Methods: This is a retrospective cohort study of all admissions to Hospital Sultan Ismail's BICU from January 2010 till October 2015. Admission criteria were in accordance with the American Burn Association guidelines, and risk factors of interest were recorded. Data was analyzed using simple logistic regression to determine significant predictors of mortality. Survival analysis with time to death event was performed using the Kaplan-Meier survival curve with log-rank test.

Results: Through the 6-year period, 393 patients were admitted with a male preponderance of 73.8%. The mean age and length of stay were 35.6 (±15.72) years and 15.3 (±18.91) days. There were 48 mortalities with an overall mortality rate of 12.2%. Significant risk factors identified on simple logistic regression were total body surface area (TBSA) > 20% (p  20%, presence of SIRS, mechanical ventilation and inhalation injury which were associated with poorer survival (p  20%, early SIRS, mechanical ventilation and inhalation injury which were associated with poorer survival outcome. The immunological response differs from individual patients and influenced by the severity of burn injury. Early SIRS on admission is an important predictor of death and may represent the severity of burn injury. Patients who required mechanical ventilation were associated with mortality and it is likely related to the severity of pulmonary insults sustained by individual patients. This data is important for outcome prognostication and mortality risk counselling in severely burned patients.

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