Not Just Skin Deep: A History of Pediatric Burn Trauma

Gilbride, Jonathan
September 2005
Pediatric Nursing;Sep/Oct2005, Vol. 31 Issue 5, p412
Academic Journal
This article focuses on the history of pediatric burn trauma. Throughout the early 1900s, there were no treatment options for children who suffered extensive burns. So these children were not expected to live longer. In 1940, for example, nearly half of all patients with burns involving 30% or more of their total body surface area did not survive. In the early 1900s, medical personnel who looked after the victims of serious burn injuries, knew that these children were surely going to die. Today, children with burns are treated in burn unit hydrotherapy rooms. The children with burns undergo repeated mechanical debridement of wounds. The non-viable part of the skin is removed through surgery and subsequent graft procedures.


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