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Intern, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
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BACKGROUND
Although burn-related injuries are serious and can cause significant morbidity and mortality, this can be alleviated through the appropriate practice of first aid for burns. We aimed to explore the practice of first aid and measure the level of knowledge of burns and burn-related nutrition in Saudi Arabia.
Methods
Data were collected using an online questionnaire, distributed among the general Saudi population between Jul and Sep 2020. It included socioeconomic and biographical data, and knowledge and practice of first aid for burns and burn-related nutrition. Data were analyzed using SPSS.
Results
Overall, 2437 people were enrolled in this study, of which 59.5% were female. More than half (51.9%) the subjects were between 19 and 25 yr of age. Younger age group (≤25 yr) showed a significantly better practices score (t=4.844; P<0.001). Females exhibited a significantly better knowledge score than males (t=-3.131; P=0.021). Unemployed respondents were significantly more associated with a lower knowledge score (t=4.796; P=0.007) and a lower practices score (t=18.375; P<0.001) while those with a history of exposure to burn injury had a lower knowledge score (t=-4.816; P<0.001) and a lower practices score (t=-3.237; P=0.001).
Conclusion
There is a lack of knowledge and practice of burn’s first aid and burn-related nutrition. Thus, courses and training in first aid for burns and awareness campaigns are essential in order to improve the knowledge of the general Saudi population.
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Type of Study: Original Article | Subject: Special
Received: 2021/10/22 | Accepted: 2021/10/26

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