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Commercially available bioethanol-fueled fireplaces have become increasingly popular additions for interior home decoration in Europe and more recently in the United States. These fireplaces are advertised as smokeless, ecologically friendly, and do not require professional installation, formal gas lines, or venting. Although manufacturers and businesses(More)
The care and management of patients with chronic wounds and their far-reaching effects challenge both the patient and the practitioner. Further complicating this situation is the paucity of evidence-based treatment strategies for chronic wound care. After searching both MEDLINE and Cochrane databases, we reviewed currently available articles concerning(More)
Cutaneous scarring observed in wounds is, to a significant degree, dependent upon the time it takes for the wounds to heal. Various topical dressings are proposed to influence healing time in donor sites. In this prospective randomized study, we examined the effect of Vaseline gauze (VD; Branolind, Paul Hartmann AG, Germany), Biobrane (BD; Bertek(More)
Cell death via necrosis and apoptosis is a hallmark of deep dermal to full-thickness cutaneous burn injuries. Keratinocytes might act as thermosensory cells that transmit information regarding ambient temperature via heat-gated transient receptor potential vanilloid (TRPV) ion channels. The aim of this study was to investigate the distribution of TRPV1, 2,(More)
Sepsis is responsible for significant morbidity and mortality in patients suffering from severe burn injuries. Burn patients are known to be immunocompromised, and it is generally accepted that the immunosuppressed patient may experience human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection and disease. Review of the very limited available literature identifies a(More)
Enormous advances in the development of skin substitutes have occurred in the past 3 decades. Major obstacles yet to be overcome in the quest for an optimal skin substitute include controlling scar formation, contraction and the loss of adnexal structures. Mesenchyme-derived signals are essential for epithelial proliferation, skin morphogenesis, homeostasis(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was providing descriptive information and the comparative examination of job strain and mental health of nurses and physicians in different intensive care units (ICU). METHODS The Effort-Reward Imbalance Questionnaire by Siegrist and standardized psychometric questionnaires, like Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, Impact(More)
A new instrument, the Versajet system, based on fluid jet technology has recently been advocated as an alternative to standard surgical excisional technique for burn wounds. In this paper we describe our experience with this tool, the technique employed as well as its clinical feasability for debriding partial thickness burn wounds. Seventeen patients were(More)
INTRODUCTION Traditionally, carbon monoxide poisoning and/or burn are considered contraindications to organ procurement. Previously reported cases have shown mixed results and many have been redundantly reported in the literature. METHODS We performed a systematic review of all reported cases of organ transplantation procured from donors with carbon(More)