Hospital Process of Children with Ingested Corrosive Substances: A Single Center Retrospective Study in Türkiye

Özer Özlü N. G., Vural F., Dökümcü Ü. Z.

Türkiye Klinikleri Hemşirelik Bilimleri Dergisi, vol.15, no.1, pp.8-16, 2023 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)


Objective: This study retrospectively was aimed to determine how the treatment and care processes of children ingestion corrosive

substances are maintained. Material and Methods: The population of the study is children with ingested corrosive substances, and the sample consisted of pediatric patients who ingestion corrosive substances from the pediatric surgery department of a university hospital

in western Türkiye. Medical and nursing files of children with corrosive substance ingestion from the university's electronic patient file were examined. The sample of the study consisted of 70 pediatric patients who came between the years 2018-2021. The analysis of data was calculated using SPSS 24.0 program, frequency, percentage, median, interquartile range, comparison analysis and logistic regression. Results: The median age at first admission of pediatric patients was 4.0 years and 57.1% were girls. 35.7% of the pediatric patients due to oil consumption, 30.0% of them applied to the pediatric surgery department in the summer season, and the hospital was not the first application center for 61.4%. According to the Rush Medicus Patient Classification System, 40% of the children were defined as low-level dependent patients. The first arrival age of children affects the level of nursing dependency. It was determined that the rate of dilatation in pediatric patients varied according to the hospital first application center. Conclusion: As a result, although the dependency level of the children taking corrosive substances to the nurse is low, it was determined that the child's first admission age and dilatation status affect the level of addiction.