Burns from motorcycle exhausts among children in New South Wales: a continuing problem

Ela J Hyland, Rachel A D’Cruz and John G Harvey
Med J Aust 2013; 198 (10): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.10247
Published online: 3 June 2013

To the Editor: Burns remain a common occurrence among children, with scalds accounting for 55% of these injuries in Australia and New Zealand.1 Although a less frequent mechanism, contact burns now account for up to 30% of all burns among children.1,2 The Burns Unit (BU) at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead serves the paediatric population of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. Recently, our BU has identified a rise in the number of contact burns from motorcycle exhausts among children.

  • Ela J Hyland1
  • Rachel A D’Cruz2
  • John G Harvey1

  • 1 Burns Unit, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Sydney Children’s Hospital, Sydney, NSW.

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