n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Critical care of burn patients in developing countries : cost versus need

Volume 26, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Recent reports reveal a 50% decline in burn-related deaths and hospital admissions in the USA over the last 20 years. The reduction is probably a result of prevention efforts resulting in a decreased number of patients with potentially fatal burns, and improved critical care and wound management of those still sustaining severe burns. Among those suffering moderate to severe burns and treated in First-World hospitals, most will require critical care for at least part of their hospitalisation, and some will require it for months. As many as 10% may die from complications related to the burn.

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