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Medical management of paediatric burn injuries: Best practice part 2
Article first published online: 3 APR 2013
© 2013 The Authors. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health © 2013 Paediatrics and Child Health Division (Royal Australasian College of Physicians)
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Volume 49, Issue 9, pages E397–E404, September 2013
How to Cite
D'Cruz, R., Martin, H. C. and Holland, A. J. (2013), Medical management of paediatric burn injuries: Best practice part 2. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 49: E397–E404. doi: 10.1111/jpc.12179
- Issue published online: 5 SEP 2013
- Article first published online: 3 APR 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 20 SEP 2012
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Burns remain a leading cause of injury in the paediatric population in Australia despite efforts in prevention. Advances in surgical management include novel debridement methods and blood conserving techniques. Patients with severe burns (>20%) remain significantly more complex to manage as a result of extensive alterations in metabolic processes. There appears increasing evidence to support the use of pharmacological modulators of the hyper-metabolic state in these patients. The management of a child with burns involves acute, subacute and long-term planning. This holistic approach seems optimally co-ordinated by a Burns Unit in which each discipline required to provide care to these children in order to achieve optimal outcomes is represented.