Refers to burns of the skin, attributed to hot liquids or steam.

Scalding injuries account for 33-58% of all hospitalizations for burns in the U.S.

Adults over the age of 65 years have a worse prognosis after suffering scald burns than younger individuals.

Individuals over the age of 65 years have emergency department visits of 23.8 per 100,000 population for scalding injuries (MMWR).

Of individuals over the age of 65 years who present to emergency departments for scalding injury, two thirds are women.

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