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    Thermal stability of mafenide and amphotericin B topical solution.
    Burns 2017 Sep 18. Epub 2017 Sep 18.
    United States Army Institute of Surgical Research, Fort Sam, Houston, TX 78234, United States; Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD 20814, United States.
    Objective: Fungal infections remain a major cause of mortality in the burned population. Mafenide acetate/amphotericin B solution (SMAT) has been used topically for prophylaxis and treatment of these infections. Current manufacturer guidelines only guarantee the stability of mafenide solution and amphotericin B at room temperature. Read More

    Impact of weekend admission on mortality and other outcomes among patients with burn injury: A nationwide analysis.
    Burns 2017 Sep 16. Epub 2017 Sep 16.
    Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Johns Hopkins University Medical Center, Burn Unit, Bayview Campus, 4940 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224, United States. Electronic address:
    Objective: To study the relationship between day of admission and important outcomes among patients with burn injuries.

    Methods: The 2014 National Inpatient Sample database was used. Inclusion criterion was a principal diagnosis of burn injury. Read More

    Raising suspicion of mistreatment from burns: Derivation and validation of the BuRN-Tool.
    Burns 2017 Sep 14. Epub 2017 Sep 14.
    School of Medicine, Cardiff University, United Kingdom.
    Background: 10-25% of childhood burns arise from mistreatment.

    Aim: To derive and validate a clinical prediction tool to assist the recognition of suspected maltreatment.

    Methods: Prospectively collected data from 1327 children with burns were analyzed using logistic regression. Read More

    Comparison of Laser Doppler Imaging (LDI) and clinical assessment in differentiating between superficial and deep partial thickness burn wounds.
    Burns 2017 Sep 14. Epub 2017 Sep 14.
    King Edward Medical University and Mayo Hospital, Lahore, Pakistan.
    Purpose Of Presentation/study: To compare the accuracy of Laser Doppler Imaging (LDI) and clinical assessment in differentiating between superficial and deep partial thickness burns to decide whether early tangential excision and grafting or conservative management should be employed to optimize burn and patient management.

    Study Period: March 2015 to November 2016.

    Methods/procedure Details: Ninety two wounds in 34 patients reporting within 5days of less than 40% burn surface area were included. Read More

    The effect of fennel essential oil in combination with antibiotics on Staphylococcus aureus strains isolated from carriers.
    Burns 2017 Sep 13. Epub 2017 Sep 13.
    Department of Allergology and Respiratory Rehabilitation, 2nd Chair of Otolaryngology, Medical University of Lodz, Poland.
    An increase in the number of staphylococcal infections and carriers among medical staff has forced us to seek more and more effective antibacterial agents. Bacteria from the Staphylococcus genus possessing different mechanisms of resistance are the cause of nosocomial infections. The objective of our investigations was susceptibility of S. Read More

    The effects of topical nitric oxide on healing of partial thickness porcine burns.
    Burns 2017 Aug 28. Epub 2017 Aug 28.
    Department of Emergency Medicine, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794, United States.
    Background: Nitric oxide is a wound mediator that promotes wound healing. We hypothesized that topical application of nitric oxide would speed reepithelialization, enhance angiogenesis, and reduce scar thickness in a partial thickness porcine burn model.

    Methods: While under general anesthesia, 20 partial thickness burns were created on the backs of four female Yorkshire swine using a 2. Read More

    Toxic shock syndrome in paediatric thermal injuries: A case series and systematic literature review.
    Burns 2017 Aug 31. Epub 2017 Aug 31.
    Pediatric Burns Center, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Paediatric Surgery, University Children's Hospital Zurich, Switzerland; Division of General and Thoracic Surgery, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Electronic address:
    Background: Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a rare, but potentially life-threatening complication of thermal injuries in children. The study objective was to systematically review the literature on paediatric TSS after burns or scalds, and describe our experience with this condition in Switzerland.

    Methods: All tertiary paediatric healthcare centres managing burns and scalds in Switzerland were inquired. Read More

    Evaluation of scar quality after treatment of superficial burns of the hands and face with Dressilk or Biobrane-An intra-individual comparison.
    Burns 2017 Aug 30. Epub 2017 Aug 30.
    Clinic of Plastic, Reconstructive, Hand and Burn Surgery, Hospital Cologne Merheim, University of Witten-Herdecke, Germany.
    Introduction: The aesthetic outcome after burn of exposed areas such as the hand and face is of high importance. A number of wound dressings used for the treatment of superficial and partial thickness burns promise rapid wound healing and reduced scarring. Previously, wound healing of hands and faces with superficial burns treated with Dressilk(®) compared to Biobrane(®) was evaluated intra-individually with similar results. Read More

    Reconstruction of neck and face scar contractures using occipito-cervico-dorsal supercharged "super-thin flaps": A retrospective analysis of 82 cases in Vietnam.
    Burns 2017 Aug 30. Epub 2017 Aug 30.
    Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Nippon Medical School Hospital, Tokyo, Japan.
    Background: The concept of the "super-thin flap" (also known as the subdermal vascular network flap) was introduced in Japan in 1994. Its distinctive characteristic is its extreme thinness: it is thinned to the point that the subdermal vascular network (subdermal plexus) can be seen through the minimal fat layer. Since 2006 in Vietnam, we have used circumflex scapular artery-supercharged occipito-cervico-dorsal (OCD) super-thin flaps to reconstruct cases of neck and face scar contracture. Read More

    Presenting hypertension, burn injury, and mortality in combat casualties.
    Burns 2017 Aug 29. Epub 2017 Aug 29.
    60th Clinical Investigation Facility, Travis Air Force Base, United States; Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, United States. Electronic address:
    Introduction: The effect of presenting hypertension is poorly studied in combat casualties. We hypothesized that elevated mean arterial pressure (MAP) on presentation to combat hospitals would be associated with poor outcomes.

    Methods: Data was obtained from the Department of Defense Trauma Registry and the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System. Read More

    Burns in a major burns center in East China from 2005 to 2014: Incidence and outcome.
    Burns 2017 Aug 27. Epub 2017 Aug 27.
    Department of Burns, Burn center, Changhai Hospital, Second Military Medical University, Shanghai, China. Electronic address:
    Objective: Information about epidemiology on burns is rare in China. The aim of this article is to describe the pattern of burns in East China during a 10-year time period.

    Method: A retrospective data analysis was performed on all hospitalized patients to the burn center at the Changhai hospital, one of major burn centers in East China, from 2005 to 2014. Read More

    Trauma mechanisms and injury patterns in pediatric burn patients.
    Burns 2017 Aug 27. Epub 2017 Aug 27.
    Department of Pediatric Surgery, University Children's Hospital Zurich, Switzerland. Electronic address:
    The objective of this study was to evaluate the frequency, severity, exact patterns and mechanisms of burn injuries in children. The patient records of children with acute burns admitted to the University Children's Hospital of Zurich were retrospectively reviewed over an 11year period. The age group with the highest risk, were children under the age of five (69%). Read More

    Critical care polyneuropathy in burn injuries: An integrative review.
    Burns 2017 Aug 21. Epub 2017 Aug 21.
    Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel; Institute for Health Research, University of Notre Dame, Fremantle, Australia; Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel; Talpiot Leadership Program, Sheba Medical Center, Israel.
    Polyneuropathy is a debilitating condition which may be associated with large burns. The aim of this integrative review is to identify factors that contribute to the development of critical care polyneuropathy in patients admitted to an intensive care unit with a severe burn injury. PubMed, Scopus, CINHAL and EMBASE were searched up until July 2016. Read More

    Burned patients who die from causes other than the burn affect the model used to predict mortality: a national exploratory study.
    Burns 2017 Aug 19. Epub 2017 Aug 19.
    The Burn Centre, Department of Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery, and Burns, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden; Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden; Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
    Introduction: The Baux score - the sum of age and total body surface area burned (TBSA %) - is a good predictor of mortality has a high specificity but low sensitivity. Our aim was to examine the causes of death in patients who die with Baux scores of <100, which may explain the lower sensitivity and possibly affect the prediction of mortality.

    Methods: All patients admitted to our centre for burn care from 1993 to 2015 (n=1946) were included in this retrospective, descriptive, exploratory study. Read More

    The management of small area burns and unexpected illness after burn in children under five years of age - A costing study in the English healthcare setting.
    Burns 2017 Aug 17. Epub 2017 Aug 17.
    The Scar Free Foundation Centre for Children's Burns Research, The Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Bristol BS2 8BJ, United Kingdom.
    The objective of this economic study was to evaluate the resource use and cost associated with the management of small area burns, including the additional costs associated with unexpected illness after burn in children of less than five years of age. This study was conducted as a secondary analysis of a multi-centre prospective observational cohort study investigating the physiological response to burns in children. 452 children were included in the economic analysis (median age=1. Read More

    Biological function evaluation and effects of laser micro-pore burn-denatured acellular dermal matrix.
    Burns 2017 Aug 18. Epub 2017 Aug 18.
    Department of Emergency and Department of Burns and Plastic Surgery, The Second Hospital of Shandong University, Jinan, Shandong 250033, China. Electronic address:
    Objective: In the field of burns repairs, many problems exist in the shortage of donor skin, the expense of allograft or xenograft skin, temporary substitution and unsatisfactory extremity function after wound healing. Previous studies showed that burn-denatured skin could return to normal dermis formation and function. This study investigates the application of laser micro-pore burn-denatured acellular dermis matrix (DADM) from an escharotomy in the repair of burn wounds and evaluates the biological properties and wound repair effects of DADM in implantation experiments in Kunming mice. Read More

    Use of gabapentin and pregabalin for pruritus and neuropathic pain associated with major burn injury: A retrospective chart review.
    Burns 2017 Aug 16. Epub 2017 Aug 16.
    Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Texas Medical Branch, 301 University Blvd., Galveston, TX 77555-0193, United States.
    Introduction: Pruritis after burn is one of the most common chronic complaints in burn survivors. Pruritus is often indistinguishable from neuropathic pain. There is a paucity of studies reporting the use of gabapentin and pregabalin to treat both pruritus and neuropathic pain. Read More

    The use of acupuncture in first aid of burns-Clinical report.
    Burns 2017 Aug 14. Epub 2017 Aug 14.
    SALVE Centrum-Physiotherapy Clinic, Vysoké Mýto, Czech Republic; Faculty of Law-Dept. of Financial Law, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic.
    Burns are a very painful skin injury, or injury of soft tissues. The development of post-traumatic stress disorder can develop, even in those with minor injuries (Ia-IIb degree). Development of problems is very rapid and intense since, according to developmental embryology, the skin and central nervous system (CNS) descend from the same germ layer-ectoderm. Read More

    Geographic modeling for children at risk for home fires and burns.
    Burns 2017 Aug 12. Epub 2017 Aug 12.
    University of Louisville Department of Geography and Geosciences, Louisville, KY, United States.
    This study developed a predictive model for fires and burns among parents and children in Jefferson County, Kentucky. Eight risk factors for pediatric burns with census tract level data available were identified. Risk factors were synthesized to develop a cartographic model with risk levels low, medium, high, and severe. Read More

    Burns first aid treatment in remote Northern Australia.
    Burns 2017 Aug 12. Epub 2017 Aug 12.
    National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre, Royal Darwin Hospital, Northern Territory, Australia. Electronic address:
    Background And Objective: It is well demonstrated that adequate burns first aid treatment (BFAT) improves clinical outcomes for the injured but adequacy remains low in many studies. This study presents a twelve month assessment of the adequacy of burns first aid treatment for patients managed by the Burns Service, Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH).

    Methods: Prospective study design of all patients managed by the Burns Service, Royal Darwin Hospital. Read More

    Implementation and outcomes of an evidence-based precepting program for burn nurses.
    Burns 2017 Aug 10. Epub 2017 Aug 10.
    United States Army Institute of Surgical Research (USAISR), 3698 Chambers Pass Fort Sam, Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234, United States. Electronic address:
    Introduction: There is significant nationwide interest in transitioning new and new-to-specialty nurses into practice, especially in burn care. Lack of a structured transition program in our Burn Center was recognized as a contributing factor for nursing dissatisfaction and increased turnover compared to other hospital units. Employee evaluations exposed a need for more didactic instruction, hands-on learning, and preceptor support. Read More

    Perceived social support among patients with burn injuries: A perspective from the developing world.
    Burns 2017 Aug 10. Epub 2017 Aug 10.
    CMH Lahore Medical College and Institute of Dentistry, Abdur Rehman Rd., Lahore, Pakistan.
    Background: Social support is among the most well-established predictors of post-burn psychopathology after burn. Despite a disproportionately large burden of burns in the developing world, the nature of social support among burn patients in this context remains elusive. We, therefore, seek to investigate social support and its biopsychosocial determinants among patients with burn injuries in Pakistan. Read More

    Three-dimensional wound mapping software compared to expert opinion in determining wound area.
    Burns 2017 Aug 8. Epub 2017 Aug 8.
    Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, United Kingdom; Professor of Wound Study, Birmingham City University, United Kingdom. Electronic address:
    Introduction: New technologies in the field of burn wound and scar assessment are continually being evaluated. Accurate estimation of total body surface area (TBSA) burn wound is of paramount importance in fluid resuscitation to prevent complications which are associated with morbidity and mortality. Estimating the TBSA is performed by a multitude of different methods, however a gold standard would be ideal. Read More

    Hypnosis for reduction of background pain and pain anxiety in men with burns: A blinded, randomised, placebo-controlled study.
    Burns 2017 Aug 8. Epub 2017 Aug 8.
    Department of Biostatistics, Urmia University of Medical Sciences, Urmia, Iran.
    Introduction: 'Background pain' and 'pain anxiety' are among the numerous problems of patients with burns. Non-pharmacological and pharmacological interventions have been used to reduce background pain and pain anxiety. This study compared the effectiveness of hypnosis and 'neutral hypnosis' (as a placebo in the control group) in decreasing the background burn pain and pain anxiety of adult male survivors with burns. Read More

    Assessing and addressing the problem of pain and distress during wound care procedures in paediatric patients with burns.
    Burns 2017 Aug 8. Epub 2017 Aug 8.
    Department of Paediatric Surgery, Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa; Department of Paediatrics, division of Neonatology and Department of Paediatric Surgery, Intensive Care, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Electronic address:
    Objective: While the prevalence of burns in children is highest in low and middle-income countries, most research on burn-related pain intensity and distress is carried out in high-income countries. In this study we assessed pain intensity and distress in paediatric patients with burns undergoing wound care procedures without distraction and parental presence in a South-African children's hospital and sought to identify predictors for the outcomes.

    Methods: This observational study, carried out as part of a randomized controlled trial, took place at a burns unit in Cape Town, South Africa and included patients between the ages of 0 and 13 years undergoing their first or second wound care procedure. Read More

    Variability in split-thickness skin graft depth when using an air-powered dermatome: A paediatric cohort study.
    Burns 2017 Aug 8. Epub 2017 Aug 8.
    Centre for Children's Burns and Trauma Research, Queensland Children's Medical Research Institute, University of Queensland, Australia; Bond Institute of Health & Sport, Bond University, Queensland, Australia.
    Aim: Split-thickness skin grafts (STSG) taken using calibrated powered dermatomes are assumed to yield a graft of uniform thickness, though this assumption has never been analysed statistically. This study aims to test that assumption in a paediatric population.

    Method: STSGs from a consecutive cohort of paediatric patients were analysed for mean thickness, measured from a central biopsy. Read More

    Accuracy of laser speckle contrast imaging in the assessment of pediatric scald wounds.
    Burns 2017 Aug 7. Epub 2017 Aug 7.
    Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden; Department of Radiation Physics, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
    Background: Changes in microvascular perfusion in scalds in children during the first four days, measured with laser speckle contrast imaging (LSCI), are related to the time to healing and need for surgical intervention. The aim of this study was to determine the accuracy (sensitivity and specificity) of LSCI on different days after injury in the prediction of healing outcome and if the accuracy can be improved by combining an early and a late measurement. Also, the accuracy of LSCI was compared with that of clinical assessment. Read More

    Comparison of two-dimensional methods versus three-dimensional scanning systems in the assessment of total body surface area estimation in burn patients.
    Burns 2017 Aug 7. Epub 2017 Aug 7.
    Ross Tilley Burn Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, 2075 Bayview Ave, D716, Toronto, ON M4N 3M5, Canada. Electronic address:
    Background: Accurate measurement of percent total body surface area (%TBSA) burn is crucial in the management of burn patients for calculating the estimated fluid resuscitation, determining the need to transfer to a specialized burn unit and probability of mortality. %TBSA can be estimated using many methods, all of which are relatively inaccurate. Three-dimensional (3D) systems have been developed to improve %TBSA calculation and consequently optimize clinical decision-making. Read More

    Abilities and barriers to practicing evidence-based nursing for burn specialist nurses.
    Burns 2017 Aug 7. Epub 2017 Aug 7.
    Department of Burns & Reconstruction, Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, China. Electronic address:
    Objective: To explore the abilities and barriers of practicing evidence-based nursing (EBN) for burn specialist nurses so as to provide rationales for its clinical training and practice.

    Methods: From January 2016 to March 2016, a cross-sectional survey was conducted with a self-designed questionnaire among burn specialist nurses in Hunan Province. Data analysis was performed with SPSS software (version 20). Read More

    Cardiovascular risk profile in burn survivors.
    Burns 2017 Aug 7. Epub 2017 Aug 7.
    Burns, Trauma and Critical Care Research Centre, School of Medicine, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Herston 4029, Australia; School of Allied Health Sciences, Griffith University, Southport, Gold Coast 4222, Australia. Electronic address:
    Objective: Burn patients have prolonged derangements in metabolic, endocrine, cardiac and psychosocial systems, potentially impacting on their cardiovascular health. There are no studies on the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) after-burn. The aim of our study was to record lipid values and evaluate CVD risk in adult burn survivors. Read More

    Digestive decontamination in burn patients: A systematic review of randomized clinical trials and observational studies.
    Burns 2017 Aug 7. Epub 2017 Aug 7.
    Critical Care Department, Hospital Universitario de Getafe, Getafe, Spain; CIBER de Enfermedades Respiratorias, Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Madrid, Spain. Electronic address:
    Objective: The objective of this systematic review is to assess the effect of selective digestive decontamination (SDD) or non-absorbable enteral antibiotics (EA) on mortality, the incidence of infection and its adverse effects in burn patients.

    Material And Methods: Systematic review of randomized clinical trials (RCT) or observational studies enrolling burn patients, and comparing SDD or EA prophylaxis with placebo or no treatment. The search includes Pubmed/Medline, EMBASE, WOS, Cochrane Library (1970-2015). Read More

    Hyperosmolar metabolic acidosis in burn patients exposed to glycol based topical antimicrobials-A systematic review.
    Burns 2017 Aug 7. Epub 2017 Aug 7.
    The Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
    Background: The well documented susceptibility of burn patients to acquired infections via damaged skin mandates application of antimicrobial agents. These agents are dissolved in various vehicles that augment skin absorption thus allowing greater efficacy. Polyethylene glycol (PEG) and Propylene glycol (PropG) are among the most commonly used vehicles, and both have been used in numerous medications and cosmetic products over the past few decades. Read More

    Epidemiology of burn patients presenting to a tertiary hospital emergency department in Lebanon.
    Burns 2017 Aug 7. Epub 2017 Aug 7.
    Department of Emergency Medicine, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon. Electronic address:
    Background: The epidemiology of burns is well described in the United States, Europe and Asia. However, few studies address this topic in the Levant region. This study aims to describe characteristics of burn victims treated at the emergency department of a tertiary care center in Beirut, Lebanon and to report on factors that affect ED disposition. Read More

    Fatalities from a Greek Burn Unit-A clinicopathological correlation of 129 cases.
    Burns 2017 Aug 5. Epub 2017 Aug 5.
    Department of Plastic Surgery, Microsurgery and Burns, "G. Gennimatas" General Hospital of Athens, Athens, Greece.
    Introduction: This is a retrospective study of the hospital data and autopsy reports of burn patients who died in the Burn Unit of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Microsurgery and Burn Center of "G. Gennimatas" Hospital of Athens, Greece during the period 1999-2005.

    Materials And Methods: The records of the burn victims deceased during the period 1999-2005 were reviewed and the cause of injury, percentage of body surface area (BSA) burned, age, gender, and co-morbidities were documented. Read More

    Early ambulation after-grafting of lower extremity burns.
    Burns 2017 Aug 5. Epub 2017 Aug 5.
    Manitoba Firefighters' Burn Unit, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Department of Surgery, Section of Plastic Surgery, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Department of Surgery and Children's Health, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Electronic address:
    Objective: Early ambulation of lower extremity burns that undergo a skin graft may help to avoid some of the complications associated with immobilization. Despite recent evidence supporting early ambulation, post-operative immobilization following lower extremity skin grafting is still a common practice. The purpose of this study was to retrospectively assess the outcomes of lower extremity skin graft cases dressed with a multi-layer compression bandage who were ambulated in the immediate post-operative period. Read More

    The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of first aid interventions for burns given to caregivers of children: A systematic review.
    Burns 2017 Aug 4. Epub 2017 Aug 4.
    Division of Population Medicine, School of Medicine, Cardiff University, CF 14 4YS, Cardiff, Wales, UK; The Scar Free Foundation Centre for Children's Burns Research, CF 14 4YS, Cardiff, Wales, UK. Electronic address:
    Objectives: the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of burns first-aid educational interventions given to caregivers of children.

    Methods: Systematic review of eligible studies from seven databases, international journals, trials repositories and contacted international experts.

    Results: Of 985 potential studies, four met the inclusion criteria. Read More

    A systematic review of quantitative burn wound microbiology in the management of burns patients.
    Burns 2017 Aug 4. Epub 2017 Aug 4.
    Queen Elizabeth Hospital, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, UK; The Scar Free Foundation Centre for Burns Research, Birmingham, UK; Birmingham Children's Hospital, Birmingham, UK. Electronic address:
    Background: The early diagnosis of infection or sepsis in burns are important for patient care. Globally, a large number of burn centres advocate quantitative cultures of wound biopsies for patient management, since there is assumed to be a direct link between the bioburden of a burn wound and the risk of microbial invasion. Given the conflicting study findings in this area, a systematic review was warranted. Read More

    Quality of life and posttraumatic growth after adult burn: A prospective, longitudinal study.
    Burns 2017 Aug 4. Epub 2017 Aug 4.
    University of Western Australia, Burn Injury Research Unit, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley, Western Australia 6009, Australia; Burn Service of Western Australia, Fiona Stanley Hospital, MNH (B) Main Hospital, Level 4, Burns Unit, 102-118 Murdoch Drive, Murdoch, Western Australia 6150, Australia; Fiona Wood Foundation, Fiona Stanley Hospital, MNH (B) Main Hospital, Level 4, Burns Unit, 102-118 Murdoch Drive, Murdoch, Western Australia 6150, Australia.
    Posttraumatic growth is positive psychological change that occurs beyond pre-trauma levels. Understanding the relationship between growth, stress and quality of life after burn improves understanding about the nature of postburn psychological growth and associated quality of life factors. This study aimed to determine the nature of these relationships, and whether posttraumatic growth changed over time in individuals. Read More

    The untold story of the scorching sun-A wake up call for sun protection.
    Burns 2017 Aug 4. Epub 2017 Aug 4.
    Burns Unit, The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Pinderfields General Hospital, Aberford Rd, Wakefield WF1 4DG, UK. Electronic address:
    Despite extensive warnings from health authorities regarding the dangers of direct sunlight exposure, most people still turn to sun bathing to get a golden tan. Unfortunately, that pleasant tan appearance is often lost because of over exposure to sunlight, resulting in painful red sunburns. In this paper we are reporting a case with significant sunburn injuries that required hospitalization and treatment in a burn center. Read More

    Monitoring wound healing in minor burns-A novel approach.
    Burns 2017 Aug 4. Epub 2017 Aug 4.
    Fiona Wood Foundation, Fiona Stanley Hospital, Perth, Western Australia, Australia; Burns Service of Western Australia, Fiona Stanley Hospital, Perth, Western Australia, Australia; Burn Injury Research Node, The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia.
    Assessment of minor burn wound closure is predominately determined by visual inspection and clinical specialist assessment, which remains largely a subjective analysis and results may vary depending on the clinician's experience. Bioimpedance spectroscopy (BIS) is an instrument that has a demonstrated ability to objectively monitor the wound healing process in various patient populations but has not yet been used in acute burn wounds. The aim of the pilot study was to examine whether the BIS technique is a valid measure of wound healing. Read More

    New-onset, postoperative tachyarrhythmias in critically ill surgical patients.
    Burns 2017 Aug 4. Epub 2017 Aug 4.
    Division of Burn/Trauma/Critical Care, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, USA.
    Tachyarrhythmias in critically ill surgical patients can have varying effects, from minimal consequence to lifetime sequelae. Atrial fibrillation can be common in the post-operative period, often a result of fluctuations in volume status and electrolyte derangements. While there is extensive literature regarding the critically ill medical or cardiac patient, there is less focusing on the critically ill surgical or trauma patient. Read More

    Alcohol use and smoking in burn patients at the Helsinki Burn Center.
    Burns 2017 Aug 4. Epub 2017 Aug 4.
    Department of Psychiatry, University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital, Helsinki, Finland; Department of Public Health Solutions, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Helsinki, Finland.
    Objective: We investigated alcohol use and smoking at time of burn and their relationships with severity of burn and presence of mental disorders.

    Methods: Consecutive acute burn patients (N=107) admitted to the Helsinki Burn Center were assessed with the structured clinical interview for mental disorders (SCID) at baseline and after 6 months. Information regarding being under the influence of alcohol and having smoking-related activity at burn as well as about hazardous drinking (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test) and heavy smoking before the burn was recorded. Read More

    Laser in the management of burn scars.
    Burns 2017 Aug 4. Epub 2017 Aug 4.
    Department of Dermatology, Mayo Clinic Arizona, 13400 E. Shea Blvd. Scottsdale, AZ 85259, United States.
    Background And Objective: Burn scars are associated with significant morbidity ranging from contractures, pruritus, and disfigurement to psychosocial impairment. Traditional therapies include silicone gel, compression garments, corticosteroid injections, massage therapy, and surgical procedures, however, newer and advanced therapies for the treatment of burn scars have been developed. Lasers, specifically ablative fractional lasers, show potential for the treatment of burn scars. Read More

    Corrigendum to "Household and caregiver characteristics and behaviours as predictors of unsafe exposure of children to paraffin appliances" [Burns 43 (4) (2017) 866-876].
    Burns 2017 Sep 3;43(6):1377. Epub 2017 Aug 3.
    South African Medical Research Council, University of South Africa's Violence, Injury and Peace Research Unit, P.O. Box 19070, Tygerberg 7505, Cape Town, South Africa; Institute for Social and Health Sciences, University of South Africa, P.O. Box 1087, Lenasia 1820, Johannesburg, South Africa.

    Bioimpedance spectroscopy: A technique to monitor interventions for swelling in minor burns.
    Burns 2017 Aug 3. Epub 2017 Aug 3.
    State Adult Burn Unit, Fiona Stanley Hospital, Murdoch, Western Australia, Australia; Fiona Wood Foundation, Fiona Stanley Hospital, Perth, Western Australia, Australia; Burn Injury Research Node, University of Notre Dame, Fremantle, Perth, Western Australia, Australia.
    The control of edema in burn injured patients is a priority as it can impede the wound healing process. Bioimpedance spectroscopy (BIS) has been identified as a method of swelling assessment that has merit after burns. The aim of this study was to examine the reliability and validity of BIS in the measurement of localised burn wound edema across (1) different dressing conditions (no dressing, non silver and silver dressings) and (2) three electrode positions. Read More

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