Mary Jo Staley

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Pressure has been used since the early 1970s by burn care provides to help minimize the formation of hypertrophic scars. Although the exact mechanism of action is unknown, pressure appears clinically to enhance the scar maturation process. Bandages that can be wrapped and unwrapped or are made of a soft material are used in early scar management.(More)
Goals for managing an acute burn wound are similar to those of other wounds such that infection and scar formation are minimized, a moist wound environment is provided, and the surrounding tissue is protected from trauma. A variety of cleansing techniques are used with burn wounds, including local wound care and nonsubmersion and immersion hydrotherapy.(More)
Outcome measures have become an important tool to assist with monitoring the efficacy of burn care. One such measurement for children is the time required for them to return to school, as well as their behavior and academic performance in school after a burn injury. The purpose of this study was to relate demographic data with return-to-school time and(More)
A prospective study was performed to determine whether patterns of burn scar maturation varied among different pediatric age groups. Patients were divided into three groups according to age at the time of burn injury: birth to 3 years, 4 to 11 years, and 12 to 18 years. Scarring of sheet grafts on an extremity was assessed throughout the maturation process(More)
When therapists treat elderly patients with burns, they should ask themselves several questions: Am I treating elderly patients with burns "just like other patients with burns?" Am I assessing the patient's joint mobility and strength as critically as I should? Am I ensuring that further tissue trauma is avoided by instructing the nursing staff in(More)
The purposes of this study were to document (1) the historical use of splints, (2) record the current practice of splint application, and (3) compare splint philosophy of the past with present practice. One hundred burn references were reviewed for information on the past use of splints. Present practice was determined on the basis of a survey of 99 burn(More)
The treatment of burn scar contractures is a major emphasis in the rehabilitation of patients with burn injuries. Many treatment techniques have been used successfully but without a critical investigation of the best practice of care. In this study, we compared the outcomes for pediatric and adult patients treated with a multimodal therapy approach to(More)
This paper provides one example of how simulation can address real-world software processes. It focuses on requirements development since this early activity is crucial to the success of any software project. The model not only explores the organizational issues of requirements development but also the social issues, namely, how does the effectiveness of(More)
In health care, outcome measures have become important tools to assist with monitoring the efficacy of therapeutic interventions. This article defines functional outcomes and describes why therapists should begin monitoring the care of patients with burn injuries in terms of function. Suggestions are provided on the identification and documentation of(More)