Burn Care: Infection and Smoke Inhalation

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Abstract

Every year in the United States nearly two million persons suffer burns that need medical attention. Of these, 130 000 are hospitalized, 70 000 require intensive care costing more than $300 million, and 10 000 die. Because of advances during the past decade in treatment in the major burn centers of patients with extensive burns, the survival of patients with burns up to 65% of body surface area has improved as much as 50%. Treatment differs widely even in specialized centers and because doctors who treat burns outside of these centers may be unaware of the best therapeutic measures, the

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