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Most burns are accidental. But some burns may not be accidental.
Intentional burns, such as immersion in a bathtub of hot water, can occur in
abuse situations. Suspect physical abuse of a child or
vulnerable adult when:
You may be able to prevent further abuse by reporting it.
An intentional burn can also occur when a person burns himself or
herself (self-inflicted burns). The person with a self-inflicted burn will need
a mental health evaluation as well as medical treatment.
It is important to have intentional burns evaluated by a health
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
& H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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