Saudi Journal of Emergency Medicine

Original Article
SJEMed. 2022; 3(1): 037-045

Examining the effectiveness of burn care practice in emergency units in Saudi Arabia: a pilot study

Authors: Hadeel Aljohani, Reshale Johar, Eithar Fatani, Taghreed Aldosary, Mohammed Alkahtani.

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Abstract

Background: Burns are one of the leading causes of trauma globally, and they require immediate management by the primary caregivers. The first hours are the most critical as the patient is susceptible to complications, if first line healthcare is insufficient. Therefore, this study evaluated the effectiveness of practice provided by emergency physicians regarding burn cases. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in February 2020. Data were collected via an assembled online questionnaire that was distributed among emergency physicians attending the fifth Saudi Society of Emergency Medicine conference. Results: This study included 89 physicians, of which 59 (66.3%) claimed to be comfortable in dealing with different classifications of burns. The participants were asked if they could manage the patients according to the World Health Organization burn guidelines and 69 (77.5%) answered yes. Disconcertingly, the study showed that only 28.1% of the participants adhered to the initial management of the burn patients. Investigations showed that physicians who claim to have insufficient knowledge referred their patients rather than treating them (p = 0.002). A significant correlation between physicians who claimed to have sufficient knowledge and area of practice (p = 0.042) and the presence of a burn unit and the perception of sufficient knowledge to manage burns were also found (p = 0.016). Conclusion: The effectiveness of burn first aid in the emergency department is an important aspect to tackle as the majority of the physicians reported that they do not think their knowledge is sufficient regarding burn care.

Keywords:   Burns; ER physicians; Burn management


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Examining the effectiveness of burn care practice in emergency units in Saudi Arabia: a pilot study


Authors
Hadeel Aljohani
College of Medicine, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Medicine, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Reshale Johar
College of Medicine, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Medicine, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Eithar Fatani
College of Medicine, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Medicine, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Taghreed Aldosary
Medicine, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Department of Preventive Medicine, National Guard Hospital, King Abdulaziz Medical City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Mohammed Alkahtani
Medicine, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Department of Plastic Surgery, National Guard Hospital, King Abdulaziz Medical City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
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Correspondence to:
. Hadeel Aljohani, College of Medicine, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Medicine, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.; Hadeelab.johani@gmail.com

Publication history
Received 12 Aug 2021
Revised 01 Oct 2021
Accepted 20 Oct 2021
Published online 10 Nov 2021
Published in print 07 Mar 2022

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Pubmed Style

Aljohani H, Johar R, Fatani E, Aldosary T, Alkahtani M. Examining the effectiveness of burn care practice in emergency units in Saudi Arabia: a pilot study. SJEMed. 2022; 3(1): 037-045. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1628772726


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Aljohani H, Johar R, Fatani E, Aldosary T, Alkahtani M. Examining the effectiveness of burn care practice in emergency units in Saudi Arabia: a pilot study. https://www.sjemed.com/?mno=109499 [Access: July 02, 2022]. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1628772726


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Aljohani H, Johar R, Fatani E, Aldosary T, Alkahtani M. Examining the effectiveness of burn care practice in emergency units in Saudi Arabia: a pilot study. SJEMed. 2022; 3(1): 037-045. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1628772726


Vancouver/ICMJE Style

Aljohani H, Johar R, Fatani E, Aldosary T, Alkahtani M. Examining the effectiveness of burn care practice in emergency units in Saudi Arabia: a pilot study. SJEMed. (2022), [cited July 02, 2022]; 3(1): 037-045. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1628772726


Harvard Style

Aljohani, H., Johar, . R., Fatani, . E., Aldosary, . T. & Alkahtani, . M. (2022) Examining the effectiveness of burn care practice in emergency units in Saudi Arabia: a pilot study. SJEMed, 3 (1), 037-045. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1628772726


Turabian Style

Aljohani, Hadeel, Reshale Johar, Eithar Fatani, Taghreed Aldosary, and Mohammed Alkahtani. 2022. Examining the effectiveness of burn care practice in emergency units in Saudi Arabia: a pilot study. Saudi Journal of Emergency Medicine, 3 (1), 037-045. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1628772726


Chicago Style

Aljohani, Hadeel, Reshale Johar, Eithar Fatani, Taghreed Aldosary, and Mohammed Alkahtani. "Examining the effectiveness of burn care practice in emergency units in Saudi Arabia: a pilot study." Saudi Journal of Emergency Medicine 3 (2022), 037-045. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1628772726


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Aljohani, Hadeel, Reshale Johar, Eithar Fatani, Taghreed Aldosary, and Mohammed Alkahtani. "Examining the effectiveness of burn care practice in emergency units in Saudi Arabia: a pilot study." Saudi Journal of Emergency Medicine 3.1 (2022), 037-045. Print. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1628772726


APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Aljohani, H., Johar, . R., Fatani, . E., Aldosary, . T. & Alkahtani, . M. (2022) Examining the effectiveness of burn care practice in emergency units in Saudi Arabia: a pilot study. Saudi Journal of Emergency Medicine, 3 (1), 037-045. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1628772726


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