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Critical Care of the Burn Patient

This complimentary chapter from Current Concepts aims to describe at least 3 components of a burn-specific secondary survey, plan fluid resuscitation for a patient with a large burn, list at least 3 important burn-related issues that arise in the ICU when caring for patients with large burns.


Most patients with burns involving less than about 25% of the body surface can be managed without critical care. However, as burn size increases above this point, especially in the young, old, or medically fragile patient, mortality increases sharply unless critical care support is provided. Patients with burns in excess of 40% of the body surface rarely survive without skillful critical care.

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