Marc Kravitz

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The use of indirect calorimetry in assessing and monitoring nutritional support in burn patients is reported. Twenty-nine patients with a mean burn size of 35% TBSA were monitored with 228 measurements of resting energy expenditure (REE), calculations of respiratory quotient (RQ), and substrate metabolism. Daily weights, nitrogen balance determinations, and(More)
Irreversible burn shock results from failure of fluid resuscitation and is almost invariably fatal. Because of the implied role of circulating serum factors in the generation of burn shock, the use of plasma exchange was evaluated retrospectively in patients with major thermal injuries who had failed to respond to conventional therapy. Twenty-two patients(More)
The fluid resuscitation requirements and mortality from thermal injury were reviewed in 177 children admitted to the Intermountain Burn Center over a 7 year period. Mean burn size was 27 percent of the total body surface area, whereas the mean full-thickness burn size was 13 percent of total body surface area. Twelve percent of children had associated(More)
While the technique of early excision and grafting has many advantages in the treatment of thermal injuries, it is not without significant complications. Hemorrhage accompanying burn wound excision can be deceptively great, as can the metabolic stress of large surgical procedures performed in the postburn period. In an effort to minimize these(More)
Hypovolemia following major thermal injury results from increased capillary permeability with subsequent loss of fluid into the interstitium. Investigations of burn shock have demonstrated the release of circulating factors that effect these fluid shifts. Previous studies have suggested that this process can be altered by the performance of plasma exchange(More)
The prevention of contractures of the burned hand is an arduous problem in the young pediatric burn patient. Difficulty in applying splints, along with the time-consuming fabrication of complex splints, led to the development of the "sandwich" splint. This easily produced splint provides a means of preventing and treating hand deformities in this patient(More)