American Journal of Infectious Diseases

Septicemia: The Principal Killer of Burns Patients

B. R. Sharma, Virendar Pal Singh, Sumedha Bangar and Neha Gupta

DOI : 10.3844/ajidsp.2005.132.138

American Journal of Infectious Diseases

Volume 1, Issue 3

Pages 132-138


Burn injury is a major problem in many areas of the world and it has been estimated that 75% of all deaths following burns are related to infection. Burns impair the skin’s normal barrier function thus allowing microbial colonization of the burn wounds and even with the use of topical antimicrobial agents, contamination is almost unavoidable. It is therefore essential for every burn institution to determine its specific pattern of burn wound microbial colonization, time related changes in predominant flora and antimicrobial resistance profiles. This would allow early management of septic episodes with proper empirical systemic antibiotics before the results of microbiologic culture becomes available, thus improving the overall infection-related morbidity and mortality. We attempted to examine the factors affecting risk of infection; strategies for infection control and prevention in burn victims.


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