n South African Journal of Surgery - burn wound infection in a dedicated paediatric burns unit : letters

Volume 51, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0038-2361
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5151



We read with much attention and a great deal of interest the findings of the retrospective review by Coetzee suggesting that many South African paediatric patients develop infections after burn injuries. Furthermore, the authors state that there was a significant resistance to topical therapy, along with some resistance to antimicrobials, in the patients treated. Will healthcare providers be able to use a non-resistant agent to reduce the chances of patients acquiring infection after a burn injury in the near future? Yes, this may be possible with the help of a novel molecular peptide called SS-31 that specifically acts to assist in the recovery of mitochondrial function, which is severely damaged by burn injuries. This is important, since the mitochondria play a vital part in patient recovery and may help to reduce healing time and hence also the risk of infection.

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