Prevention and management of pulmonary inhalation

  • M. E. Crawford
  • H. Rask
Part of the Topics in Anaesthesia and Critical Care book series (TIACC)


An increasing number of thermal injuries are encountered worldwide due to technological progress in the commercial industry as well as political warfare. In the USA, more than 2 million people require medical attention every year, leading to 500 000 emergency ward visits and 70 000 hospital admissions, of which 20 000 are transferred to a specialized burns unit [1,2]. Thermal injuries result in 9 000 fatal cases annually. In Denmark, the incidence of thermal burns is approximately 1 per 100 per year, i.e. 50 000 cases, of which 150 are severe with involvement of more than 20% body surface area (personal communication).


Thermal Injury Inhalation Injury Smoke Inhalation Burned Patient House Fire 
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