William A. Dickson

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Integra artificial skin provides immediate full-thickness reconstruction for cutaneous burns. The clinical outcome appears to be superior in terms of final function and cosmesis. Consequently the use of such a skin substitute is being heralded as the future treatment of choice, particularly for massive burns where autologous donor skin is limited. The three(More)
The incidence of industrial hand injuries remains high despite the introduction of statutory measures and other advances in health and safety awareness. A prospective study was undertaken to determine if training before employment helps to reduce these injuries. A significant number of patients did not receive any training and this may have played a part in(More)
A wealth of data exists concerning paediatric burn epidemiology in general, but very little exists specifically in infants under 1 year of age, a special group in which mobility begins to develop. A retrospective study of all burn admissions of infants under 1 year old to The Welsh Centre for Burns from January 2003 to January 2006 was performed. During the(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the accuracy of assessment of burn surface area and depth using a basic camera-equipped mobile phone. METHODS 31 patients with minor burns were assessed at the Welsh Centre for Burns & Plastic Surgery. RESULTS A high correlation was found between assessment of burn surface area and burn depth using a camera mobile phone compared(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)
We demonstrate that the coupling between plasmonic modes of oriented metallic nanorods results in the formation of an extended (guided) plasmonic mode of the nanorod array. The electromagnetic field distribution associated to this mode is found to be concentrated between the nanorods within the assembly and propagates normally to the nanorod long axes,(More)
Amplified spontaneous emission of surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) at the interface of a resonant gain medium has been observed. The amplification is accompanied by significant spectral narrowing and limits the gain available for compensation of SPP propagation losses. The effect is similar to the deteriorating influence of amplified spontaneous emission(More)
Gram-negative infection remains a major contributor to morbidity, mortality, and cost of care. In the absence of comparative multinational epidemiological studies specific to burn patients, we sought to review literature trends in emerging Gram-negative burn wound infections within the past 60 years. Mapping trends in these organisms, although in a minority(More)
BACKGROUND Gram negative infection is a major determinant of morbidity and survival. Traditional teaching suggests that burn wound infections in different centres are caused by differing sets of causative organisms. This study established whether Gram-negative burn wound isolates associated to clinical wound infection differ between burn centres. METHODS(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)