Hospitalised hot tap water scald patients following the introduction of regulations in NSW, Australia: Who have we missed?
Lara A Harvey, Roslyn G Poulos, Caroline F Finch, Jake Olivier, John G Harvey
BURNS | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2010
Scalds from hot tap water are serious injuries that are potentially preventable by restricting the temperature of hot tap water delivery. In July 1999, regulations were introduced in NSW to require that all new hot water installations deliver water at temperatures not exceeding 50 degrees C to sanitary fixtures. This study investigates trends in hot tap water scald injury hospitalisations following the introduction of these regulations. Hot tap water scald cases for 1999-2007 were identified from hospitalisation data for all public and private hospitals in NSW. To investigate hot tap water scald hospitalisations over time, negative binomial regression analysis was performed. There were 845 h..View full abstract
RGP was supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Capacity Building Grant in Injury, Trauma and Rehabilitation. CFF was supported by an NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship. JO was supported by the NSW Injury Risk Management Research Centre (IRMRC), with core funding provided by the NSW Health Department, the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority and the Motor Accidents Authority. We thank the Centre for Epidemiology and Research at the NSW Health Department for providing the NSW APDC data from the Health Outcomes and Information Statistical Toolkit (HOIST) analysed in this study. We also would like to thank Dr Shauna Sherker, NSW Injury Risk Management Research Centre, for reviewing this manuscript.