Escharotomy and decompressive therapies in burns

J Burn Care Res. Sep-Oct 2009;30(5):759-68. doi: 10.1097/BCR.0b013e3181b47cd3.


Experienced clinicians treating burns recognize the need for escharotomy and decompressive therapies. The burning process causes the integument to become stiff, and the underlying tissues can swell during the fluid resuscitation process. We reviewed the literature that supports the current clinical practice of decompressive therapies following burn injury.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Burns / surgery*
  • Debridement / methods*
  • Decompression, Surgical / methods*
  • Humans
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*