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Inclusion criteria

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Inclusion Exclusion
Papers with all evidence types Personal practice
English and non-English articles Review articles
Patients between 0-18 years of age Methodologically flawed articles
Intentional scald burns Management of burns 
Confirmation of an accidental aetiology where rank of accident A or B  Burns due to neglect
Ranking of abuse 1 – 3   Complications of burns 


Intentional non-scald burns & mimickers of intentional burns

Inclusion Exclusion

As for scalds above except:

As for scalds above, but also:

Intentional non-scald burns 

House fires


Rank of accident A, B or C

Ranking of abuse 1 – 4

Non-abusive cigarette burns alone


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