- There are 17 designated burns units across Australia and New Zealand that contribute data to the registry, and registry data collection has ethics approval at all 17 sites.
- Routine annual reports are produced and are publicly available.
- Data requests for specific purposes include injury prevention awareness, research, education, benchmarking and service planning.
- Units are also able to download data for unit-specific purposes.
- BRANZ is involved in international collaborations with Norway and the United States.
The purpose of the registry is to:
- Monitor burn injury incidence
- Monitor burn injury causation
- Identify objective and verifiable data on treatment, outcomes and quality of care
- To encourage higher standards of both burn injury prevention and patient care
Definitions according to the BRANZ admission definition and inclusion/exclusion criteria:
- All first admissions to an Australian or New Zealand Burns Unit where a burn injury is the principal reason for admission and the following criteria are met:
- The first admission is within 28 days of the burn injury
- All transfers from another hospital irrespective of the time of injury to admission
- The patient is not admitted under the Burns Unit or admitted to another hospital unit but requires a Burns Unit consult
- Admission to hospital for greater than 24 hours, or
- the patient is admitted for less than 24 hours but requires a burns management procedure in theatre, or
- the patient dies within 24 hours of presentation to BRANZ hospital
- All readmissions to the Burns Unit within 28 days of the date of discharge from the first admission
Medical cause cases such as Steven Johnson Syndrome and TENS.
Extravasation injuries are also excluded from the BRANZ.
Criteria for specialised burns treatment: The following criteria are endorsed by the Australian & New Zealand Burn Association in assessing whether burns require treatment in a specialised burns unit (ANZBA 2004):
- Burns greater than 10 per cent of total body surface area (TBSA)
- Burns of special areas—face, hands, feet, genitalia, perineum, and major joints
- Full-thickness burns greater than 5 per cent of TBSA
- Electrical burns
- Chemical burns
- Burns with an associated inhalation injury
- Circumferential burns of the limbs or chest
- Burns in the very young or very old, or pregnant women
- Burns in people with pre-existing medical disorders that could complicate management, prolong recovery, or increase mortality
- Burns with associated trauma
- Non-accidental burns
The registry is managed and the data housed at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine which is part of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University.
Participating Hospitals include: