Christopher Bondoc

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A bilayer artificial skin composed of a temporary Silastic epidermis and a porous collagen-chondroitn 6-sulfate fibrillar dermis, which is not removed, has been used to physiologically close up to 60% of the body surface following prompt excision of burn wounds in ten patients whose total burn size covered 50--95% body surface area (BSA). Following(More)
Optimal hand function has a very positive impact on the quality of survival after burn injury. Over a 10-year period, 659 patients with 1047 acutely burned hands were managed at the Sumner Redstone Burn Center of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Our approach to acutely burned hands emphasizes ranging and splinting throughout hospitalization, prompt sheet(More)
Survival of major burn injuries has improved markedly from an expected survival of 10% to 20% in both children and adults to an expected survival of 60% in children with burns greater than 70% BSA. Increased survival for adults after similar burn injuries has been less dramatic than in children because of the profound influences of advancing age and the(More)
During the past 19 years, mortality due to burn injuries has markedly declined for children at the Boston Unit of the Shriners Burns Institute (SBI), dropping from an average of 9% of SBI admissions during 1968-1970 to an average of 1% during 1981-1986. Detailed statistical analysis using logistic regression was necessary for determining whether this(More)
There is much evidence that the most important factor in the successful treatment of skin destruction after thermal injury is to remove dead tissue and promptly close the wound. While the exact methods employed to achieve this goal may vary, in the cases reported here three basic methods were used: (1) simple excision of burn eschar with immediate closure(More)
Mortality at the Adult Burn Center of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has declined from 24% in 1974 to an average of 7% for 1979-1984. From 1974 to 1976, prompt eschar excision and immediate wound closure therapy was initiated and standardized. After 1976, this therapy was the standard treatment. Detailed statistical analysis is necessary to(More)
A method of burn treatment (immunosuppression and temporary skin transplantation) for patients suffering from massive third degree burns is evaluated. The method is based on the prompt excision of all dead tissue (burn eschar) and immediate closure of the wound by skin grafts. Total wound closure is achieved before bacterial infection or organ failure takes(More)
A new system of patient protection from bacterial crossinfection called the Bacteria Controlled Nursing Unit (BCNU) is described, based on strict environmental control of a 6 x 10 foot area surrounding the patient's bed rather than the entire patient room or isolation ward, plus the ability to deliver all medical care without entering the protective(More)