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Pseudomonas aeruginosa remains a cause of serious wound infection and mortality in burn patients. By means of restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis and a DNA probe for the pilin gene of Pseudomonas, a lethal strain of nosocomial P. aeruginosa was identified as the cause of an outbreak of wound infections among burn patients. Environmental(More)
Pulmonary function and arterial blood gases were measured in 35 patients undergoing routine diagnostic flexible fiberoptic bronchoscopy (FFB) either through an 8-mm endotracheal tube (ETT) or transnasally in order to investigate whether FFB changes lung function in a way which may explain why hypoxemia commonly occurs during this procedure. In these(More)
From 1977 to 1987, 1705 thermally injured patients were admitted to the Firefighters' Burn Center at the University of Alberta Hospitals. Thirteen hundred forty-four were male (78.8%) and 361 were female (21.2%), with a mean total burn surface area (TBSA) of 15.1 (SEM +/- 0.4%) and a range of 1% to 99% TBSA. Sixteen hundred thirty-five patients survived to(More)
Between 1977 and 1986, 1598 patients were admitted to the Firefighters' Burn Unit of the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta. One hundred and twenty-five (7.8 per cent) of these patients were Treaty Indians or Metis compared to 4.2 per cent of the general population in the same given area. The data show native people suffered larger total(More)