BAPRAS Burn Care Advanced Course – Virtual, October 2020

Lecture delivered by Mr Ken Dunn

Changing epidemiology of burn injuries in the UK: effective prevention programs?

In much the same way as any experiment a baseline of activity needs to be established followed by a well-designed intervention with the measurement of any subsequent change. The difficulty with injury prevention is that there are so many confounding factors that may influence over baseline and the results and that interventions are not single events but have been proven to require sustained effort and thus funding.

Recent technological developments and the availability of social media almost all have brought about different ways of accessing the population and influencing the behaviour. These appear to be having some effect in the absence of any identifiable other reason.

“How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?” ― Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of Four

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