Study Exposes Gaps in US Burn Center Access

A study analyzing access to burn centers in the US found disparities based on socioeconomic, racial, and regional factors. The total burn incidence rate increased to 257.2 per 100,000 individuals in 2019, with 133 burn centers nationwide. While 81.6% of the population had 60-minute transport access to all centers, access to ABA-verified centers was lower at 68.8%. Populations with higher median incomes had better access, with Asians having the highest at 86%. Confirming self-designated burn centers could increase access by 12.8%, and expanding telemedicine availability could help in regions with barriers to timely access. The study was published in JAMA Surgery.

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