First-rate burn care
As one of two units in Sweden, the Burn Injury Centre at Linköping University Hospital carries out national medical care for patients with severe burn injuries.
The study, which is being published by the Burn Injury Centre and the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine at Linköping University, is built on twenty years of research and compares all survival data presented to date internationally from major hospitals with advanced burn care. For the results to be comparable, they have been risk-adjusted for the scope of the injury and the age of the patient – factors that affect the outcome as regards mortality, which heightens the quality in comparison.
The new adjustment model makes it possible to compare care in a more exact manner. This is of great interest within burn care, where analyses like this have been difficult to carry out, with the varying conditions that this care has.
The study and its results have received international attention and will be given a seminar at the world burn care conference of the International Society for Burn Injuries in Miami this September.
The results concern adult patients. Children most often survive burn injuries if they get to the hospital, and the possibility of survival is strongly linked to the age of the patient. Since the beginning of the 1990s, mortality has decreased by 70 percent in burn care at Linköping University Hospital. All patients who were treated for burn injuries at the University Hospital between 1993 and 2012 were included in the study.
Article: Standardised mortality ratio based on the sum of age and percentage total body surface area burned is an adequate quality indicator in burn care. An exploratory review av Ingrid Steinvall, Moustafa Elmasry, Mats Fredriksson and Folke Sjöberg. Burns 2015 Dec 14. doi: 10.1016/j.burns.2015.10.032.
Story: Maria Carlqvist, Region Östergötland
Photographs: Staffan Gustavsson/Redakta
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Last updated: 2017-02-13