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Burn depth assessment 

Burn depth assessment
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Burn depth assessment
Author(s):

Peter George Dziewulski

and Quentin Frew

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199699537.003.0010
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date: 02 April 2020

Burn depth assessment is key assessing healing potential and risk of scarring. It informs wound management and surgical planning. The dynamic and evolving nature of a burn wound can make this difficult. Burns which are likely to take longer than 3 weeks to heal have a significantly increased risk of hypertrophic scar formation leading to functional and aesthetic morbidity. Assessing healing potential allows the treating clinician to optimize wound care and the need for surgical intervention.

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