oa Wound Healing Southern Africa - WHASA consensus document on the management of acute burns
Burns are among the most common and devastating forms of trauma. Increased morbidity and mortality accompany thermal injury, and survival is dependent on the correct assessment and management. Although acute treatment regimens and dressing selection have evolved to improve outcomes, deep burn injuries often leave patients with considerable cosmetic and functional disabilities, which may lead to a lifetime of challenges. Patients with major burns should be referred to a burn unit or multidisciplinary centre where the primary objective is to care for burn patients and to optimise their outcomes. Such centres comprise teams of specialist burn surgeons, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietitians, social workers and nursing staff, as well as other consultants, who all strive to obtain rapid wound closure and return burn survivors to a functional and well adapted life.
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