Short Tilte:Social support correlates with survival in patients with massive burn injury
Journal:Journal of Burn Care & Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):05, 26, 4, 352-356
The charts of 36 patients with large burn areas were examined to determine if survivors exhibit presenting variables that predict survival. Sixteen patients (44 percent) survived and 20 did not survive. Outcome data analyzed included age, weight, total burn size, full-thickness burn size, length of intensive care unit stay, length of hospital stay, comorbidity, inhalation injury, use of plasmapheresis, escharotomy, infection, wound coverage with a dermal template, and the presence of social support systems. There were no significant differences in age, total burn size, inhalation injury, or need for escharotomy between the 2 groups. Full-thickness burn size was significantly smaller for survivors than for non-survivors. Survivors were more likely than non-survivors to have social support.