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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)
Burn injuries and blood transfusions both have been implicated as causes of suppressed immune responses. Skin allograft survival in a burned mouse model was studied to determine the relationships among burn injury, blood transfusion, and phlebotomy before transfusion as they affected immunocompetence. At 7 days after 20% TBSA full-thickness burn injury,(More)
The existence of a previously unrecognized group of patients, burned-and-battered adults, has been recognized. This retrospective review identifies some of the characteristics of the 41 burned-and-battered adults admitted to a burn center during a two-year period. The typical scenario was a domestic quarrel that included a male victim, a female assailant,(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)
A 16-channel intramuscular electrode system for high-resolution EMG recording was developed and fabricated. This system consists of a flexible thread-like thin-film structure based on polyimide, which is attached to a conventional needle cannula by the use of a guiding filament. This needle is removed after insertion, leaving only the polyimide structure(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)
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)