William A. Dickson

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On 11 May 1985 the main stand of Bradford City Football Club caught fire. Within four minutes the stand was alight from end to end. Fifty three people were burnt to death and about 250 injured; 83 required admission to hospital, and 55 of these were treated by primary excision of their burns and skin grafting. In such disasters the help of staff from other(More)
OBJECTIVES To describe common patterns of bath water scald injuries in children, to examine differences between accidental and non-accidental bath water scalds in children, and to examine potential for prevention. DESIGN A two year six month retrospective analysis of admissions to a specialist burns unit. SETTING The Burns Unit, St Lawrence Hospital,(More)
All paediatric scalds admitted in 1991 to the Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery have been analysed retrospectively and the results compared with similar studies from this centre reported in 1956 and 1984. This data was compared with similar reports from 6 other world-wide centres. Despite a modest population increase in Wales, the number of(More)
We present an innovative application of the Flexi-Seal Faecal Management System (FMS) for the diversion of upper and lower gastrointestinal secretions from enterocutaneous fistulae associated with complex wounds. Fistula is a common complication after the formation of a laparostomy, secondary to cases of severe intra-abdominal sepsis, acute mesenteric(More)
In 1993 we published a paper stating that wet construction cement is a poorly recognised cause of full-thickness burns [Injury 24 (1993) 615]. Ten years since publication we re-evaluated cement burns to ascertain if there had been any changes in awareness and incidence. All cement related burns assessed at this unit were reviewed over a three and a half(More)
Cryogenic burns are uncommon. We present two patients who presented to a Regional Burns Unit on consecutive days with almost identical burn injuries caused by exposure to a unique source of sub-zero temperature, the spray from an aerosol deodorant. The clinical features and management of the cases are outlined, and we discuss the mechanism of a cryogenic(More)
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PURPOSE To determine the epidemiology of burns in patients with epilepsy and to identify changes in epidemiology compared with previous studies; to identify further strategies that can be used in the primary and secondary prevention of such injuries in this group of patients. METHODS A retrospective case note review of 111 patient episodes to a regional(More)
A retrospective review of the patients with electrical injuries admitted over a 5-year period was performed to establish the frequency of cardiac complications. There were 145 admissions during this time. A total of 128 (88 per cent) were low voltage injuries and 17 (12 per cent) were high voltage (> 1000 V) injuries. Of the 145 admissions, 104 (72 per(More)
A retrospective analysis of all burns admitted to the Welsh Regional Burns and Plastic Surgery Unit, Chepstow, in the period 1 January 1990 to 1 October 1993, highlighted a group of 50 patients who had sustained contact burns from the radiators of domestic central heating systems. There was a male prevalence, with an average age of 43.4 years (range 6(More)