Jennifer Lynn Schiefer

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BACKGROUND The prevalence of burns in the general population is high. Despite new research findings, skin burns and its resulting tissue damage are still not entirely understood. In particular, little is known about the depth-dependent alteration of skin biomechanical properties of these wounds. METHODS Thirty-six burn wounds with six different depths(More)
BACKGROUND A standardized reproducible animal model is desirable to gain a better understanding in the pathophysiology of frostbite injury and to develop novel therapies. Little has been studied about frostbite injury models. The depth and extent were not always being controllable and consistent. Therefore, we developed a frostbite injury model using the(More)
BACKGROUND Hemostatic procedures by means of electrical coagulation or application of topical agents are widely used to avoid postoperative bleeding during microsurgical reconstruction of peripheral nerves. It is speculated, however, that extensive hemostasis could provoke significant nerve damage. OBJECTIVE To examine the effects of 2 intraoperative(More)
INTRODUCTION Distally based dorsal metacarpal artery (DMCA) flaps are an established technique for the reconstruction of extensive finger defects. In many cases, such defects also include an injury of the extension tendon over the proximal and distal finger joint, which can lead to a reduced range of motion or finger deformation such as boutonniére(More)
BACKGROUND The prevalence of acute cold injury has increased recently. Despite new research findings, these injuries and their resulting tissue damage are still not entirely understood. Especially, little is known about alteration of skin biomechanical properties. METHODS A total of 36 acute cold contact wounds with different depths were generated on the(More)
Chronic and complex full-thickness wounds have become increasingly prevalent. Besides autologous skin transplantation, innovative wound dressing products have gained interest, as the functional and esthetic outcome is still limited. In this respect, the effect of a novel modifiable collagen-gelatin fleece on the healing of deep dermal wounds was examined(More)
BACKGROUND To date, there are no valid statistics regarding the number of full time staff necessary for nursing care in emergency departments in Europe. MATERIAL AND METHODS Staff requirement calculations were performed using state-of-the art procedures which take both fluctuating patient volume and individual staff shortfall rates into consideration. In(More)
Severe burn injuries often require specialized treatment at a burn center. It is known that prompt admission to an intensive care unit is essential for achieving good outcome. Nevertheless, very little is known about the duration of time before a patient is admitted to a specialized center after a burn injury in Germany, and whether the situation has(More)
Gram-negative infections predominate in burn surgery. Until recently, Achromobacter species were described as sepsis-causing bacteria in immunocompromised patients only. Severe infections associated with Achromobacter species in burn patients have been rarely reported. We retrospectively analyzed all burn patients in our database, who were treated at the(More)
OBJECTIVE The standard therapy to treat superficial partial-thickness burns of the hand involves the application of skin substitutes such as Suprathel (PolyMedics Innovations GmbH, Denkendorf, Germany), which reduce pain significantly, thus allowing a fast mobilization and leading to a quicker restoration of function. The aim of this study was to simplify(More)