Burn wound infection

William F. McManus, Cleon W. Goodwin, A. D. Mason, Basil A. Pruitt

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Ninety-seven of 763 patients admitted to a bum center during a 3-year period had histologically confirmed bacterial or fungal bum wound invasion. Nine of these 97 patients survived and 88 died. Bum wound infection was the principal cause of death in 57 patients and was diagnosed perimortem in an additional 31 patients but was not judged to be the primary cause of death. Pseudomonas aeruginosa continues as the most frequent offending organism. The variety of mycotic and bacterial organisms identified, however, suggests that the compromise of the host is the critical factor, and not any particular microorganism. A variety of combinations of treatments are described: the selection of treatment depends upon the type and extent of infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)753-756
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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