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BACKGROUND Chronic wounds represent a worldwide problem. For laboratory and clinical research to adequately address this problem, a common language needs to exist. OBSERVATION This language should include a system of wound classification, a lexicon of wound descriptors, and a description of the processes that are likely to affect wound healing and wound(More)
The first randomized, blinded, placebo-controlled human trials of recombinant basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) for pressure sore treatment were performed. Three different concentrations of bFGF in five dosing schedules were tested for safety using hematology, serum chemistries, urinalysis, absorption, antibody formation, and signs of toxicity. Efficacy(More)
The supposition of often made that visible scarring is more psychologically damaging than are "hidden" burn scars, but little evidence exists to support that idea. We compared the self-evaluations of 28 male and 21 female pediatric patients with burns to the amount and visibility of scars. Males were 6 to 18 years old at the time of burn and sustained 15%(More)
The hospital records of all patients presenting to a large urban trauma center emergency department with facial fractures from 1980 through 1984 were reviewed retrospectively. There were 788 patients in the study group, averaging 1.8 fractures per patient for a total of 1,423 facial fractures. The study population had 638 (80.9%) males and 150 (19.1%)(More)
A randomised, phase I/II, double-blind, placebo-controlled study was designed to assess the effect of topically applied recombinant human BB homodimeric platelet-derived growth factor (rPDGF-BB) on healing of chronic pressure ulcers. Twenty patients were randomly allocated daily treatment for 28 days with 1, 10, or 100 micrograms/ml rPDGF-BB (0.01, 0.1, or(More)
Some human chronic dermal wounds treated with recombinant platelet-derived growth factor-BB (rPDGF-BB) show increased healing coupled with fibroblast activation and granulation tissue formation. To determine whether endogenous PDGF is associated with healing and nonhealing dermal ulcer phenotypes, we developed monoclonal antibodies capable of recognizing(More)
Infection in the surgical patient, like infection elsewhere in the body, is a manifestation of a disturbed host-bacteria equilibrium in favor of the bacteria. It results when bacteria indigenous to that patient achieve dominance over the factors of host resistance. This is reflected by a quantitative increase in the bacterial presence. To be able rationally(More)
To evaluate the effect which cooling of burn wounds has upon dermal microvascular circulation, standard 10% BSA dorsal guinea-pig scald burns were created. In treated animals, the dorsal burned region was immersed in a circulating ice-water bath (0-3 degrees C) for 30 minutes at various time intervals postburn (10,20,30, and 60 minutes after scald).(More)