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Crit Care Med. 2002 Nov;30(11 Suppl):S500-14.

Burns.

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Burn Surgery Service, Shriners Burns Hospital, Sumner Redstone Burn Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.

Abstract

During the past 20 yrs, as burn care has evolved as a specialty of surgery, survival and outcome quality have soared. Public expectations for survival and long-term outcomes are at previously unprecedented levels. These changes are the result of a number of advances in aspects of burn care that have occurred in parallel and have fostered increasing regionalization of this resource-intensive activity into fewer specialized centers. These are complex hospitalizations and can be divided into four phases: initial evaluation and resuscitation, initial wound excision and biological closure, definitive wound closure, and rehabilitation and reconstruction.

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