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Incidence and treatment of burns: A twenty-year experience from a single center in Germany.
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PMID:  22673118     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVE: To analyze trends in incidence and treatment of thermal injuries over the last two decades. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed our local single center database of patients with thermal injuries admitted to the burn intensive care unit (BICU) of the Cologne-Merheim Medical Center (University Hospital of Witten/Herdecke). The cohort was divided into two groups according to the decade of admission and the epidemiology and clinical course of the patient sample admitted during the period 1991-2000 (n=911) was compared to that of 2001-2010 (n=695). RESULTS: The following variables were significantly different in the bivariate analysis: mean age (39.8 years vs. 44.0 years), burn size of total body surface area (23.2% vs. 18.0%) and size of 3rd degree burns (9.6% vs. 14.9%). The incidence of inhalation injury was significantly lower in the last decade (33.3% vs. 13.7%) and was associated with a shorter duration of mechanical ventilation (10.8 days vs. 8.5 days). The ABSI-score as an indicator of burn severity declined in the second period (6.3 vs. 6.0) contributing partially to the decline of BICU length of stay (19.1 days vs. 18.8 days) and to the mortality rate decrease (18.6% vs. 15.0%). CONCLUSION: The severity of burn injuries during the last two decades declined, probably reflecting the success of prevention campaigns. Concerning mortality, the chance of dying for a given severity of injury has decreased.
Panagiotis Theodorou; Weiguo Xu; Christian Weinand; Walter Perbix; Marc Maegele; Rolf Lefering; Truong Quang Vu Phan; Max Zinser; Gerald Spilker
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-6-4
Journal Detail:
Title:  Burns : journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1879-1409     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-6-7     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8913178     Medline TA:  Burns     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd and ISBI. All rights reserved.
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Merheim-Hospital University of Witten/Herdecke, 51109 Cologne, Germany; Institute for Research in Operative Medicine (IFOM), University of Witten/Herdecke, 51109 Cologne, Germany.
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