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Burns. 1999 Jun;25(4):345-51.

Accuracy of burn size estimation and subsequent fluid resuscitation prior to arrival at the Yorkshire Regional Burns Unit. A three year retrospective study.

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Yorkshire Regional Burns Unit, Pinderfields Hospitals NHS Trust, Wakefield, UK.

Abstract

The accuracy of burn size estimation and subsequent fluid administration by referring hospitals prior to arrival at the Yorkshire Regional Burns Unit over a three-year period was assessed retrospectively. Burns around 20% body surface area were most accurately assessed, with smaller burns being overestimated and larger burns underestimated. Inaccuracies in fluid resuscitation result in, on average, patients receiving twice the appropriate volume of fluid for the burn size. The possible causes, implications and solutions to these problems are discussed.

PMID:
10431984
DOI:
10.1016/s0305-4179(99)00007-8
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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