Thermal trauma resulting from motor vehicle operation or maintenance

David J. Barillo, William G. Cioffi, William F. McManus, Basil A. Pruitt

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Burn injury may result from the operation or maintenance of motor vehicles. We reviewed the experience of one burn center with injuries related to motor vehicle use over the 6 year period 1987-1992. One hundred and fifty patients with motor vehicle related burns were identified comprising 11.3% of all admissions for this period. The mean extent of burn injury was 22.8% total body surface area with a mean full thickness (third degree) burn size of 11.7%. The average hospital length of stay was 42.41 days. The most common mechanisms of injury were collisions resulting in fire (n = 48), carburetor priming (n = 37) and scalding from radiator fluid contact (n = 27). Burns resulting from vehicle operation or maintenance are costly and potentially preventable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)829-833
Number of pages5
JournalAccident Analysis and Prevention
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1995


  • Burns
  • Trauma
  • Vehicle crash
  • Wounds and injuries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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