Impact of COVID-19 on global burn care

Pompermaier Laura*, Adorno José, Allorto Nikki, Altarrah Khaled, Juan Barret, Carter Jeffery, Chamania Shobha, Chong Si Jack, Corlew Scott, Depetris Nadia, Elmasry Moustafa, Junlin Liao, Haik Josef, Horwath Briana, Keswani Sunil, Kiyozumi Tetsuro, Leon Villapalos Jorge, Luo Gaoxing, Matsumura Hajime, Miranda Altamirano ArielMoiemen Naiem, Nakarmi Kiran, Ahmed Nawar, Ntirenganya Faustin, Olekwu Anthony, Potokar Tom, Qiao Liang, Rai Shankar Man, Steinvall Ingrid, Tanveer Ahmed, Philipe Luiz Vana Molina, Wall Shelley, Fisher Mark

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

7 Citations (Scopus)


Background: Worldwide, different strategies have been chosen to face the COVID-19-patient surge, often affecting access to health care for other patients. This observational study aimed to investigate whether the standard of burn care changed globally during the pandemic, and whether country´s income, geographical location, COVID-19-transmission pattern, and levels of specialization of the burn units affected reallocation of resources and access to burn care. Methods: The Burn Care Survey is a questionnaire developed to collect information on the capacity to provide burn care by burn units around the world, before and during the pandemic. The survey was distributed between September and October 2020. McNemar`s test analyzed differences between services provided before and during the pandemic, χ2 or Fisher's exact test differences between groups. Multivariable logistic regression analyzed the independent effect of different factors on keeping the burn units open during the pandemic. Results: The survey was completed by 234 burn units in 43 countries. During the pandemic, presence of burn surgeons did not change (p = 0.06), while that of anesthetists and dedicated nursing staff was reduced (<0.01), and so did the capacity to manage patients in all age groups (p = 0.04). Use of telemedicine was implemented (p < 0.01), collaboration between burn centers was not. Burn units in LMICs and LICs were more likely to be closed, after adjustment for other factors. Conclusions: During the pandemic, most burn units were open, although availability of standard resources diminished worldwide. The use of telemedicine increased, suggesting the implementation of new strategies to manage burns. Low income was independently associated with reduced access to burn care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1301-1310
Number of pages10
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022


  • Burn care
  • Burn unit
  • COVID-19
  • Resource allocation
  • Standard of care
  • Surgical procedures
  • Telemedicine


Dive into the research topics of 'Impact of COVID-19 on global burn care'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this