World Journal of Surgery

, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 131–148 | Cite as

State of the Art in Burn Treatment

  • Bishara S. Atiyeh
  • S. William Gunn
  • Shady N. Hayek
Review Article

Abstract

Optimal treatment of burn victims requires deep understanding of the profound pathophysiological changes occurring locally and systemically after injury. Accurate estimation of burn size and depth, as well as early resuscitation, is essential. Good burn care includes also cleansing, debridement, and prevention of sepsis. Wound healing, is of major importance to the survival and clinical outcome of burn patients. An ideal therapy would not only promote rapid healing but would also act as an antiscarring therapy. The present article is a literature review of the most up-to-date modalities applied to burn treatment without overlooking the numerous controversies that still persist.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bishara S. Atiyeh
    • 1
  • S. William Gunn
    • 2
  • Shady N. Hayek
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Plastic and Reconstructive SurgeryAmerican University of Beirut Medical Center on Burns and Fire DisastersBeirut
  2. 2.WHO Collaborating Center on Burns and Fire DisastersLa PanetiereSwitzerland

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