The relationship between gender and mortality of burns patients
A study conducted by Alfred clinicians on burns patients admitted to Australian and New Zealand (ANZ)-based ICUs showed that women had more than double the risk of death compared to men.
Trends towards a survival disadvantage for women were seen across all ages, at all levels of severity of illness, at every proportion of body surface area burnt and across all centres.
Our study showed worse outcomes for women with burns admitted to ANZ ICUs. In order to examine possible reasons for this finding, we are currently conducting a pilot study on adiposity and cytokine levels in patients admitted with extensive burns.