Table 2

Burn prevention, first aid and health-seeking behaviour in Nepal, 2017–2018

Percentage responses*Indrasarowar, Makwanpur (n=415)Laxminiya, Dhanusha (n=630)Ama Chhodingmo, Rasuwa (n=234)Total %95% CI
Burn prevention
 Received education on prevention in the previous 12 months13.510.86.810.99.3 to 12.8
 Believe most burns are preventable52.373.847.462.059.3 to 64.7
 Believe most people with burns die as a result of their injury68. to 77.7
 Believe that burns can cause bad scars85.196.585.590.889.1 to 92.3
Received first-aid education
 Received education on first aid in the previous 12 months15.710.55.611.39.6 to 13.1
First aid
 Use water18.338.613.227.424.9 to 29.9
 Tomato39.35.914.118.216.1 to 20.4
 Potato paste0. to 14.4
 Aloe vera20. to 9.7
 Honey0. to 8.1
 Lotion/tube medicine5. to 7.1
 Other (in order of frequency mango leaf paste, cow dung, mud, herbs, various oils and plants)5.55.932.910.79.1 to 12.5
 Reported that they would not know what to do11.83.828.210.99.2 to 12.7
Clothing catching on fire
 Stop, drop and roll1. to 4.6
 Smother flames with a cloth13.016.73.413.111.3 to 15
 Jump in water7.711.61.38.47 to 10.1
 Take off the clothing28.453.825.640.437.7 to 43.2
 Pour water34.78.731.621.319.1 to 23.7
 Reported that they would not know what to do13.01.736.311.710 to 13.6
Health-seeking behaviour (large or major burn)
 Hospital immediately after incident67.783.855.673.470.9 to 75.8
 Primary healthcare facility† immediately after incident29.215.540.624.622.2 to 27.0
Health-seeking behaviour (minor burn)
 Manage at home33.737.634.635.833.2 to 38.5
 Primary healthcare facility*58.358.653.057.554.7 to 60.2
 Hospital1. to 3.8
  • *Figures have been rounded to one decimal place.

  • †Mainly health post but some pharmacy.