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J Hosp Infect. 1992 Sep;22(1):55-63.

Colonization of burns and the duration of hospital stay of severely burned patients.

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Laboratory for Public Health, Groningen, The Netherlands.


In a retrospective study the influence of several factors on the length of hospital stay of severely burned patients (at least 24% total body surface area) has been investigated. The influence of these factors was studied by means of the Cox model survival analysis with time-varying covariates. Seventy-one patients were included in this study. The mean age was 32 years (range 1-82 years), the mean total body surface area burned 40% (range 24-80%) and the mean full-thickness area burned 32% (range 10-70%). The length of hospital stay was positively correlated with the extent of the burned area and with the age of the patient. Wound colonization with Enterobacteriaceae or with a combination of Pseudomonas spp. and Staphylococcus aureus was also associated with a prolonged stay in hospital.

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