Infection in burns

William Norbury, David N. Herndon, Jessica Tanksley, Marc G. Jeschke, Celeste C. Finnerty

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Abstract

Background: Developments in critical care and surgical approaches to treating burn wounds, together with newer antimicrobial treatments, have significantly reduced the morbidity and mortality rates associated with this injury. Methods: Review of the pertinent English-language literature. Results: Several resistant organisms have emerged as the maleficent cause of invasive infection in burn patients, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus, Pseudomonas, Acinetobacter, non-albicans Candida spp., and Aspergillus. Advances in antimicrobial therapies and the release of new classes of antibiotics have certainly added to the armamentarium of therapeutic resources for the clinician. Conclusion: Strict infection control measures, constant wound surveillance with regular sampling of tissues for quantitative culture, and early excision and wound closure remain the principal adjuncts to control of invasive infections in burn patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)250-255
Number of pages6
JournalSurgical Infections
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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