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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)
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)
Burn scar contracture results from an insufficient amount of extensible tissue to permit complete range of motion. The purpose of this study was to develop a mathematic model to estimate additional tissue length required for full range of motion in the presence of a scar contracture. Seven areas with a known predilection for burn scar contracture were(More)
Skin tension is known to affect the amount of movement in normal skin and has been theorized to have a possible influence on burn scars. This study measured the directional variance in skin movement, which is related to this theory. Twenty adult female volunteers had 5 predetermined skin sites tested; these sites were on the ventral surface of the upper(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)
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)
An important function of skin is to allow joint range of motion to occur. An assumed clinical relationship exists between joint movement and skin pliability. The purpose of this research was to document skin movement of the forearm and wrist with photography, to quantify the amount of skin movement during wrist extension, and to investigate the influence of(More)