Cement is a rare cause of full-thickness burns.
We have examined the aetiology, frequency and severity of these burns, and assessed public awareness of the potential of cement as a caustic agent.
Of patients, 95 per cent were unaware of the potential of cement to cause burns, and none had seen precautionary warnings on cement bags or delivery dockets.
Factors important in burn production appear to be alkalinity, duration of contact and the abrasive nature of the cement particles.
Its is concluded that doctors, especially casualty officers, should know of the potential of progressive full-thickness burns from wet cement.
General public awareness should be increased.
Mots-clés Pascal : Brûlure, Peau, Homme, Etiologie, Composé chimique, Ciment Portland, Etude cas, Epidémiologie, Peau pathologie, Traumatisme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Burn, Skin, Human, Etiology, Chemical compound, Portland cement, Case study, Epidemiology, Skin disease, Trauma
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Code Inist : 002B16J. Création : 199406.