Grease burns of the hand: Preventable injuries

Timothy J. Bill, David J. Bentrem, David B. Drake, Richard F. Edlich*

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Grease burns to the hand represent a serious and preventable hazard. These injuries account for over 10% of all major burns seen in the emergency department. These burns occur when the cook attempts to move a pan with burning cooking oil and inadvertently spills the oil on the hand holding the pan. These burns are usually full thickness because of either the high temperatures of the flaming oils or the subsequent ignition of clothing. This article describes a patient who received severe partial and full thickness burns to the dominant hand following a grease burn in the domestic setting. Prevention through improved consumer education and warning labels for cooking oils should reduce the incidence of these serious injuries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-355
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1996


  • cooking oil
  • grease burn
  • hypertrophic scar
  • prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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