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A highly refined quality assurance program relies on accurate outcome evaluations and the identification of patients who are truly worthy of peer review. In our hospital, the Glasgow Coma Score, the Trauma Score, and the Injury Severity Score are used to monitor patients with burns. A retrospective review of 511 admitted patients with burns was performed to(More)
Immediate ambulation of patients who have had lower-extremity skin grafting has been practiced in our burn center since 1987. A retrospective review of patients who had lower-extremity skin grafting only and a survey of burn centers in which 109 centers responded were conducted. Average skin graft take in our burn center was 96.4%. Patients in our burn(More)
Many neuroprosthetic applications require the use of very small, flexible multi-channel microelectrodes (e.g. polyimide-based film-like electrodes) to fit anatomical constraints. By arranging the electrode contacts on both sides of the polyimide film, selectivity can be further increased without increasing size. In this work, two approaches to create such(More)
Motor vehicle-related trauma deaths in a 21-county rural emergency medical services (EMS) system are reviewed. Injury severity scores (ISS) and Glasgow coma scores (GCS) were recorded to provide baseline data for future comparison as the system progresses. The majority of deaths (67%) were related to CNS injuries. ISS in this series was similar to data(More)
A fire prevention/burn education program has been developed, presented, and evaluated. The program was presented to teenage students in four inner city high schools who were also the parents of infants and toddlers. The program was judged to be effective based on testing results, classroom teacher response, and school administration endorsement.
Skin allograft survival time has been prolonged in a variety of animal and human studies. Burn injury, histocompatibility matching, and cyclosporine administration each independently have been shown to increase skin allograft survival times. A mouse model was developed to study these relationships. Histocompatibility matching of mouse H-2 I showed a trend(More)
Management of severe partial-thickness facial burns is difficult and not ideal. Over the past 4 years, 18 patients have undergone serial debridements and allografting at regular intervals until re-epithelialization occurred. Twelve patients required one procedure and two patients required two procedures. Four patients also required autografts on portions of(More)
Blood transfusions are known to improve allograft survival times, and this effect is enhanced with recipient immunosuppression. The focus of the present study was to determine the effect of pretransplant and perioperative donor-specific (DST) or nonspecific (NST) blood transfusion on skin allograft survival in thermally injured mice. Allogeneic immune(More)