Burn management has also made marked improvements. Two decades ago, a healthy young person with burns to 70% percent of his body had only a 20 percent chance of survival.
Dr. Lindsay explains, “Burn mortality has been significantly reduced by our management of the burn wound itself. We more accurately replenish the massive fluid loss and use topical anti-bacterial substances to control infection. We also aggressively excise the wound earlier, replacing it with a dressing or skin graft.”