Skin burns

Project owner

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

Project categories

Basic Research

Project period

January 2017 - December 2021

Project summary

Yearly, about 15000 persons seek medical assistance for burns in Norway. Several of the most severe burns are caused by fire or contact with flames. The current project was initiated based on hazardous flame exposure by a Norwegian celebrity, where scientific studies showed that it was luck that he god no permanent skin damage. The project shall close some gaps in risk understanding regarding skin burns. The long term goal is to help reduce the frequency of severe skin burns.


Methods from fire dynamics, physics, heat transfer, mathematics, biology including tissue degradation shall be used to analyze cases that can give, or have given, skin injuries. Interviews will be used to gain insight in the risk perception and missing risk understanding in the general population as well as for burn victims.