Occupational chemical burns: A 2-year experience in the emergency department

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Chemical burn injuries are a result of exposure to acid, alkali, or organic compounds. In this retrospective study, a total of 21 patients suffering occupational chemical burns, came to the emergency room at the University General Hospital of Alexandroupolis, from 2008 to 2010; 76.2% were workers, 19% were farmers, and 4.8% were desk officers. The majority of burns were due to exposure to acid (61.9%). Upper extremities were the most frequently injured area followed by the lower extremities and thorax. None of the patients needed further hospital care, but in the follow-up, four of the patients suffered keloid. Proper surgical treatment at the emergency room decreases the length of hospital stay for patients who suffer chemically induced burns.




Touzopoulos, P., Zarogoulidis, P., Mitrakas, A., Karanikas, M., Milothridis, P., Matthaios, D., … Constantinidis, T. C. (2011). Occupational chemical burns: A 2-year experience in the emergency department. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, 4, 349–352. https://doi.org/10.2147/JMDH.S25141

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