Year: 2004 Source: Burns, v.30, no.5, (August 2004), p.443-447 SIEC No: 20090925

This study investigated differences in characteristics of burn patients who had attempted suicide compared with other burn patients admitted to the Helsinki Burn Centre during 1989-1997. Of the total 811 patients, 46 had attempted suicide. The median total body surface area of suicide attempters was markedly higher than in the other patients. Flame was a more common cause of burns among suicide attempers who were also more often unemployed or on disability pension. Although the proportion of patients with self-inflicted burns was not high, the markedly higher severity of their burns makes them an important clinical subgroup for further study. (30 refs.)