Western Trauma Association critical decisions in trauma: Preferred triage and initial management of the burned patient

Gary A. Vercruysse, Hasan B. Alam, Matthew J. Martin, Karen Brasel, Eugene E. Moore, Carlos V. Brown, Amanda Bettencourt, John Schulz, Tina Palmieri, Linwood Haith, Kenji Inaba

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Abstract

This is a recommended management algorithm from the Western Trauma Association addressing the management of victims of burn injury. Because there is a paucity of published prospective randomized clinical trials that have generated Class I data, these recommendations are based primarily on published retrospective studies, clinical guidelines, and the expert opinion of members of the Western Trauma Association in conjunction with partner members of the American Burn Association. The algorithm and accompanying comments represent one safe and sensible approach that can be followed at most trauma centers. We recognize that there may be patient or institutional factors that warrant deviation from the published algorithm. We would encourage institutions to use this document as a starting point toward a dialog with local burn centers to collaboratively create a patient-centered care experience for the victims of minor burn injuries arriving at local trauma centers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1239-1243
Number of pages5
JournalThe journal of trauma and acute care surgery
Volume87
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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