oa South African Family Practice - The burning truth(s) : anaesthetics supplement



A severe burn is arguably the most significant injury that the human body can sustain. No other form of trauma causes the massive physiological changes seen in a patient with a major burn injury. This is true in the first few weeks as well as up to two years post-burn, due to the persistence of the hypermetabolic response. Both the profound alterations in physiology as well as numerous anatomical changes make anaesthesia of the severely burned patient complex and challenging.


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