State of the art in burn treatment

World J Surg. 2005 Feb;29(2):131-48. doi: 10.1007/s00268-004-1082-2.


Optimal treatment of burn victims requires deep understanding of the profound pathophysiological changes occurring locally and systemically after injury. Accurate estimation of burn size and depth, as well as early resuscitation, is essential. Good burn care includes also cleansing, debridement, and prevention of sepsis. Wound healing, is of major importance to the survival and clinical outcome of burn patients. An ideal therapy would not only promote rapid healing but would also act as an antiscarring therapy. The present article is a literature review of the most up-to-date modalities applied to burn treatment without overlooking the numerous controversies that still persist.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bandages
  • Blood Loss, Surgical / prevention & control
  • Burns / physiopathology
  • Burns / surgery*
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Debridement
  • Fluid Therapy
  • Genetic Therapy
  • Humans
  • Keratinocytes / transplantation
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Skin Transplantation
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Tomography, Optical Coherence
  • Wound Healing