The World Health Organization (WHO) has now launched the Global Burn Registry. Burns account for an estimated 180 000 deaths per year, the vast majority of which occur in low and middle-income countries. Non-fatal burn injuries are a leading cause of morbidity, including prolonged hospitalization, disfigurement and disability, often with resulting stigma and rejection.
Data collection for burn injuries is weak, making it difficult for countries to rationally prioritize prevention strategies. WHO has worked with a global network of experts to develop the Global Burn Registry to address this. The Global Burn Registry is based on an easy to use data collection form which takes approximately five minutes to complete and is available in English, French and Spanish. The form is used for patients who are admitted to a health facility with burns. Data that is collected provides participating health facilities with a clear picture of the major etiologic risk factors and risk groups for burns in their setting and allows them to compare these with other settings. Data can be accessed and exported through the online Global Burn Registry interface maintained by WHO.
In summary, the Global Burn Registry is a simple, standardized platform for gathering key risk factor and risk group information about burn etiology. If you work in, or have contacts with, any health facility treating a significant number of patients with burn injuries, these facilities should be encouraged to participate in the registry.
Individuals wishing to review the Global Burn Registry, or who wish register a health facility to participate in the Global Burn Registry may do so by going to the following link: www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/burns/gbr