An assessment of burn care professionals' attitudes to major burn.
AffiliationDepartment of Plastic, Reconstructive & Hand Surgery, University College Hospital, Galway, Ireland. Adrian.firstname.lastname@example.org
MeSHAttitude of Health Personnel
Attitude to Health
Body Surface Area
Quality of Life
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CitationAn assessment of burn care professionals' attitudes to major burn. 2008, 34 (4):512-5 Burns
JournalBurns : journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
AbstractThe resuscitation of severe burn remains a controversial area within the burn care profession. There is ongoing debate as to what percentage burn is associated with a sufficient quality of life to support initial resuscitation efforts. We conducted a survey of delegates at the 39th Annual Meeting of the British Burns Association (2005), regarding attitudes towards resuscitation following major burns. Respondents were asked the maximum percentage total body surface area (TBSA) burn beyond which they would not wish to be resuscitated. They were also asked what maximum TBSA they perceived to be commensurate with an acceptable quality of life (QOL). One hundred and forty three of 300 delegates responded to the questionnaire. Thirty three percent of respondents would not wish to be resuscitated with 50-75% TBSA burns or greater. A further 35% would not wish to have life-sustaining intervention with 75-95% TBSA burns or greater. The remaining 32% indicated that they would not want resuscitation with TBSA burns>95%. Regardless of TBSA affected, 16% would not wish resuscitation if they had full thickness facial burns, a further 10% did not want resuscitation if both their hands and faces were affected. Our survey demonstrates the diversity of personal preference amongst burn care professionals. This would suggest that a unifying philosophy regarding the resuscitation of extensive burns will remain elusive.
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