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Uses and abuses of a biosynthetic dressing for partial skin thickness burns.

Authors
  • Phillips, L G1
  • Robson, M C
  • Smith, D J
  • Phillips, W A
  • Gracia, W D
  • McHugh, T P
  • Sullivan, W G
  • Mathoney, K
  • Swartz, K
  • Meltzer, T
  • 1 University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Burns
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Aug 01, 1989
Volume
15
Issue
4
Pages
254–256
Identifiers
PMID: 2765147
Source
Medline
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The following report reviews 851 applications of Biobrane on partial skin thickness burn wounds awaiting epithelialization. After the patients had been evaluated and resuscitated as needed, the burn wounds were cleansed and debrided. Those evaluated as shallow were treated with Biobrane application. Joint surfaces were splinted for immobilization. The wound was inspected at 24 and 48 h and if any fluid had accumulated it was aspirated and the wound was redressed. When the Biobrane was adherent, the wound was covered with a light dressing and joint immobilization was discontinued. Treatment with Biobrane dressing provided certain advantages over other topical wound care. As the dressing changes were performed less frequently outpatient care was possible, with a resultant decrease in both the length of hospital stay and the ultimate cost of burn care. Wound desiccation is prevented and pain is decreased. Accurate diagnosis of wound depth is crucial if Biobrane is to be used. Very deep wounds will not allow Biobrane adherence, neither will it occur if the wound has a high bacterial count. If joint surfaces are not splinted, the Biobrane will shear and not adhere to the wound. Convex and concave surfaces can be treated with Biobrane, which may need to be meshed.

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