n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Psychosocial factors that influence the outcome of burn treatment

Volume 26, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Traditionally mortality has been the most important outcome measure in burn care. This is fitting, as the overriding concern in medical care is the preservation of life. In developed countries the LD50 (body surface area burned that kills 50% of people) in children and young adults is over 90% of total body surface area (TBSA) full-thickness burns, and in the elderly it is more than 40%. However, in developing countries survival of patients with burns over 40% TBSA is minimal. Because of the advancement in medical care, many patients survive burn injuries. Therefore the focus of outcome measurement has shifted to the quality of life of these patients. Useful measuring instruments in burn care are the Burn Specific Health Scale and the Short Form Health Survey.

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