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The Initial Surgical Management of the Critically Ill Burn Patient

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Abstract

The initial surgical management of the critically ill burn patient is a multidisciplinary task that combines the expertise of the Intensive care and Plastic Surgery and Burns team together with a miriad of associated health professionals. The management of these patients according to recognised protocols of trauma resuscitation is an effort to restore anatomy and physiology to pre trauma status. This chapter will discuss the staged progression of a major burn who is critically ill from early admission to the surgical management of the wounds and the modulation of altered physiology in the Burns Intensive Care.

Keywords

Thermal Injury Surgery Optimisation Burn Wound Debridement 

Summary of Abbreviations

ATLS

Advanced Trauma Life Support

EMSB

Emergency Management of Severe Burns

SSSS

Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome

TBSA

Total body surface area

TENS

Toxic epidermal necrolysis syndrome

TSS

Toxic shock syndrome

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Plastic Surgery and BurnsChelsea and Westminster HospitalLondonUK

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