The next version of the iBID software was considered in a meeting in Birmingham in early June with representatives from clinical teams, service commissioners and IT designers. The intention is to build on the experience from using the current version and the points made in the Study Days to build a system with greater data entry support. In addition greater flexibility is needed to reflect out-patient workload and greater detail concerning cost driving activities such as critical care and operative activity. This may lead to the database being used as the prime commissioning tool for burn care that fall within the specialised services definition agreement (see the general download section). The hope is to have the next version available for testing in early 2010.
Mary Creagh MP welcomed the Labour Government’s announcement that it is to change building regulations to ensure all baths in new bathrooms are equipped with a Thermostatic Mixing Valve (TMV). Ms Creagh has led a 3 year long ‘Hot Water Burns Like Fire’ campaign to reduce scalding injuries in the home. Plastic surgeons and accident prevention charities have all welcomed the change in the law as a significant step forward for home safety.
Following a lengthy campaign headed by the member of Parliament for Wakefield, Mary Creagh there has been a successful alteration to English legislation requiring the incorporation of thermistor mixing valves (TMVs) in all new and renovated properties as part of the revised building regulations. The success of this campaign was based on contributions from many experts and included the use of statistics derived from the International Burn Injury Database (iBID). This once again demonstrated the value and power of comprehensive national statistics collected over a significant period of time when used to inform political debate.
A presentation of research results from a study combining data from the iBID and the UK TARN (UK Trauma Audit and Research Network) at the 2009 British Burn Association meeting in Belfast estimated the contribution of severe burn injury to the trauma workload of England and Wales. The results demonstrated differing rates in geographical areas but with an overall contribution between 5 and 10% in most areas [Estimating the contribution of burn-injury to the overall trauma workload. Nick Kalson, Fiona Lecky, Ken Dunn]. The paper was voted the best paper of the meeting.
Another paper was presented looking at the first 5 years of national burn injury data collection [Modelling Outcomes from the National Burn Injury Database (NBID). Steve Sutch, L Dent, Ken Dunn]. The paper looked at the factors recorded in the national database that were statistically associated with mortality or an extended length of stay (LOS) in hospital for the survivors of injury. The findings are also being used to guide the development of the next version of the iBID software.
The latest information from the International Burn Injury Database (iBID) was presented to the annual Conference of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) in Blackpool on the 12th November 2008. The extent and volume of information available was outlined and some results from recent analysis given, emphasising the enormous importance of the home environment in burn injury causation, especially for the young and the elderly.
At a meeting organised by the Department for Children, Schools and Families on the 13th of October 2008, staff from the International Burn Injury Database (iBID) contributed to the debate about the prevention of unintentional injury in children. A wide range of recommendations were considered at the meeting with a clear role for the International Burn Injury Database (iBID) in the anticipated overall strategy.
The first International Burn Injury Database (iBID) report for 1986 – 2007 incl. was released on the 22nd May 2008 and is now available for download.
This conference was held in the QEII Conference Centre in London with data from iBID being presented to highlight the size of the flame injury problem in England and Wales and the associated NHS health care costs.
A presentation entitled: Burn injury registry: what it can do for you, was delivered to the annual conferenc of RoSPA by Ken Dunn. The intention being to advise prevention practitioners that a means of measuring the effects of their interventions on burn injury rates was now available. With 5 years worth of basline data for signifiacnt burn injury, covering the whole of England and Wales, comparisons with future injury rates was now possible.
A presentation entitled: Burn injury registry: what it can do for you, was delivered to the annual conference of RoSPA using iBID data. The intention being to advise prevention practitioners that a means of measuring the effects of their interventions on burn injury rates was now available. With 5 years worth of baseline data for significant burn injury, covering the whole of England and Wales, comparisons with future injury rates was now possible.