Burn Care for General Surgeons and General Practitioners Ebook PDF download
Burn Care for General Surgeons and General Practitioners Ebook PDF download There have been tremendous advances in the management of burns. Within the past few decades, patients with massive burns, who in the past were not even resuscitated, are now surviving. It is now expected that children and young adults will survive and live productive lives. In the past it was expected that the elderly did not have a chance to survive sizeable burns but as the population ages, the number of elderly burn patients also increases. The care of the older patient has also become more aggressive and outcomes are surprisingly good. The focus of burn care is to optimize functional and cosmetic outcomes so that the survivor can return to a productive and enjoyable life.
Fortunately, most burns are relatively small so survival is not the issue but even small burns treated poorly can lead to life-long problems. If a small but deep hand burn is not treated optimally, then the resulting scar can limit function and lead to an unproductive life. While many caregivers feel that they know how to treat such small burns, it is surprising how little knowledge exists for the management of these problems. The American Board of Surgery no longer requires burn experience during the training of surgical residents.
Burn Care for General Surgeons and General Practitioners Ebook PDF download Plastic surgery training emphasizes a burn experience but the training of the acute management of burns is sketchy at best. Many non-surgeons manage small burns (pediatricians, family practitioners, emergency physicians) but their training is limited. The decision as to when a burn might need surgery is one of the most important considerations to optimize its outcome. Those physicians who train in the vicinity of a burn center may be exposed to burn care but as the number of burn centers decreases the availability to interact with a burn team decreases.
Burn Care for General Surgeons and General Practitioners Ebook PDF download The purpose of this textbook is to provide the basic medical and surgical management of burns. The target audience is the non-surgeon, the trainee, residents, and those surgeons who want exposure to the basic principles of burn care. The book is also a reference for those surgeons who are training to become burn surgeons. Finally, the principles can be applied to anyone who manages burns in the third world. The book does not focus on highly advanced techniques but stresses burn care using simple, inexpensive and straightforward techniques that can be used by any caregiver.