A prospective study of the postoperative kinetics of coagulation factors was undertaken in 23 burn patients and in six non-burn patients. All procedures resulted in a large volume blood loss. Fibrinogen, platelets and factors V, VIII and IX were measured serially. Burn patients returned all parameters to preoperative levels by 48 h postoperation, while non-burn patients showed a slower rate of return of platelets and factor V. This study suggests that burn patients may safely undergo re-operation at 48 h intervals for successive wound debridements if clinically necessary.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Emergency Medicine
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine