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Burns surgery 

Burns surgery
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Burns surgery
Author(s):

Sarah Bache

and Peter George Dziewulski

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199699537.003.0016
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date: 02 April 2020

This chapter summarizes common methods of surgical management of acute burn injuries in the modern era. It discusses the rationale for surgical excision and the considerations that must be taken into account before embarking on an operation. Descriptions of equipment commonly used, and the techniques employed are detailed, with an emphasis on those used for burn excision and wound closure. As the commonest method of wound closure following excision is with skin grafts, these are examined in further detail. Finally, a brief guide to the surgical management of specific burns of varying sizes and depths is given.

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