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Management of burns in the ICU 

Management of burns in the ICU
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Management of burns in the ICU
Author(s):

Shahriar Shahrokhi

and Marc G. Jeschke

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199600830.003.0347
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date: 23 February 2020

Outcomes of burn patients have significantly improved over the last two decades. A recent study in The Lancet showed that a burn size of over 60% total body surface area (TBSA) burned is now recognized as being associated with high risks; a decade ago similar risks resulted from a 40% TBSA burned. Similar data have been obtained in severely-burned adults and the elderly. This chapter discusses current standards, recent evidence, and future developments in burn care to improve outcomes of these patients. Critical components in the management of patients with burns are early adequate resuscitation, recognition and management of airway burns and appropriate treatment of the different stages of burn care—prehospital, early, and late management.

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