Violence and Injury Prevention

Pilot testing the Global Burn Registry Form

WHO and a global network of epidemiologists and burn care practitioners are pilot testing a new form for data collection about burn injuries. The Global Burn Registry Form – which can be completed in about five minutes - is intended for use with patients requiring stays of 24 hours or more in hospital.

The form characterizes the main risk factors, mechanisms, and risk groups for burn injuries requiring a hospital stay. Importantly, it has been designed for use around the world without modification, meaning that for the first time data collection on burns can be globally harmonized. It is expected that use of this form will allow settings to prioritize and enable prevention programming, and to place their burn injury profile in an internationally comparative context.

Data recorded on the paper form can quickly be uploaded over the Internet to a WHO-maintained central database. Hospitals using the form have password protected access to this database and can work with their data in spreadsheet and statistical programmes.

WHO is currently actively recruiting hospitals to register in the pilot testing of this important new instrument.