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<< Critical Care Of Severe Thermal Burn Injury (Trauma CME)

Introduction

Since the 1930s, advances in the understanding and treatment of burn injury have resulted in less morbidity, lower mortality, and shorter hospital and intensive care unit stays for survivors of the 450,000 burn injuries that require medical treatment every year in the United States.1 Familiarity with burn injury assessment (including the initial consideration that burn-injured patients are a subset of trauma patients) is a key concept for the emergency physician.

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