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Hand sanitiser–fuelled fire performance and thermal injury: case report

Abstract

A 23-year-old man presented to our burn center after sustaining a 62.5% total body surface area burn during a fire performance, in which he applied alcohol-based hand sanitiser to his body and ignited it. The patient underwent 6 operations at this facility and was discharged after 41 days. Fire-performance art is a growing pastime and profession. This case demonstrates the hazards of using hand sanitiser during such activities.

  • plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • adult intensive care
  • trauma
  • wound care
  • public health

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