Analysis of Skin Burns

  • Kenneth R. Diller


The burn injury constitutes one of the most commonly encountered types of trauma. The average number of burns reported annually in the United States is in excess of 2,000,000,(1) which represents a source of morbidity and mortality of major concern. About 50% of these burns or scalds are severe enough to require medical attention and restrict physical activity; 25% of the burns necessitate confinement to a bed.(2) Burns resulting from fires and explosions are the most frequent causes of fatal accidents among children and the elderly. Accidents occurring in the home are responsible for more than three-fourths of these deaths.(3) The concentration of burns among the younger portion of the population results in a disproportionately large social cost in comparison with other serious pathologies, such as heart disease, cancer, and stroke, which tend to be contracted at a more advanced age following a useful, productive life. From these statistics, it is obvious that burns constitute a major injury entity to modern society.


Heat Transfer Coefficient Blood Perfusion Thermal Injury Skin Burn Hamster Cheek Pouch 
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  • Kenneth R. Diller
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  1. 1.Department of Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering CenterUniversity of TexasAustinUSA

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