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Linus (3) story makes strong impression at conference

Nearly 100 people were gathered in Bergen on Thursday 23 April to discuss the prevention of burn and scald injuries among children. The interest was great from all attendees, which included health professionals, politicians and the electronics industry.

The conference was a part of a project at Haukeland University hospital, which is working to prevent scald and burn injuries among children. In a recently published report it was revealed that children under the age of three are admitted to hospital for burn and scald injuries 12 times as often as children over the age of five and adults. There is therefore a need to find new methods to prevent these types of injuries, as they can have severe consequences and result in the need for skin transplants.

Working towards a pilot initiative

The project has gathered the key players in Norway, and has an objective to initiate a pilot project in Bergen. Their long-term ambition is national distribution of the project, and the government will be important in this work.

The politicians, represented by Ruth Grung (member in the Health and Care Services Committee), were directly challenged during a panel debate at the conference. She responded immediately to the challenge, and recommended the project group to present the initiative at a hearing connected to the new Public Health Report in the Health and Care Services Committee on Thursday 30 April.

The electronics industry engage

Representatives from the electronic industry in Norway also attended the conference. This industry has a turnover of 40 billion per year, and is expected to be able to introduce safer electrical products.

Representatives of the electronics industry in Norway, Delonghi and Kenwood promised to start the process towards Elkjøp, Expert and Komplett immediately after the conference. Furthermore, they will work towards the producers in England and Italy to introduce an increased focus on safety in new products. They were also interested in keeping in touch for further cooperation, and especially towards the Design thinking-group in the project, says Jens Reigstad, business developer in BTO.

Touching story from Linus’ parents

One of the presentations was held by the parents of Linus (3), who was severely scalded in an accident in his day-care.

Linus’ parents made a strong impression on the participants with her story. They gave a special insight into how an accident like this affects the family, and how the burn injury will affect Linus in the future, says Reigstad.

Magne Raundalen, Child psychologist at Senter for krisepsykologi, followed up with an interesting presentation of the mental challenges victims of burn and scald injuries might experience, he continues.

Read more about Linus in BT: Linus (3) ble skåldet av kokvarm suppe (In Norwegian).

About the project

The project is organized by the Department of plastic surgery and burn injury at Haukeland University Hospital, in collaboration with Bergen Teknologioverføring (BTO) and Bergen Emergency Clinic. The project has support from the national competence network Innomed.

The project group is multidisciplinary, and consists among others of general practitioners, nurses, midwives, chief physicians and nurses etc.