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Inhalation injury is not inherently surgical but it grossly affects survival when it accompanies other surgical injuries. In fact, the survival of patients with large cutaneous burns is diminished 30–50% when there is associated smoke inhalation injury. Ultimately, and often in predictable fashion, these injuries lead to compromise of ventilation or oxygenation or both. Specific patterns of injury can be defined by the type of substance inhaled and by the anatomical site that is damaged. Our goal is to help the reader assess and manage inhalation injury.
KeywordsHyperbaric Oxygen Fiberoptic Bronchoscopy Hydrogen Cyanide Inhalation Injury Chest Physiotherapy
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