The overall improvement in mortality following severe burns has dramatically increased in the last half century with enhanced methods of resuscitation, treatment of inhalation injury, control of infection, early wound excision and novel methods of skin resurfacing. Although burn care begins at the onset of injury, reconstruction and rehabilitation feature highly throughout the various stages of treatment. Ultimately, we will have achieved little if the patient cannot be integrated back into society. For descriptive purposes burn care has been considered chronologically under the following headings: (1) First Two Minutes (Prehospital Care/First Aid), (2) First Two Hours (Emergency Room care), (3) First two days (resuscitation), (4) First Two Weeks (surgical excision and grafting), (5) First Two Months (rehabilitation and psychology), (6) First Two Years (reconstruction).
- mass casualties
- plastic surgery
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Emergency Medicine
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine