The elderly burn patient.

During a 16-year period, 547 patients who were older than 64 years of age with a mean total body surface area (TBSA) (third-degree burns) of 25% were treated. Etiologies were flame/flash in 81% of patients, scald in 11%, solids in 7%, and electrical/chemical in 1%. Seventeen percent of patients had significant causal factors. An inhalation injury was… CONTINUE READING