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Prevention and Treatment of Gastrointestinal Dysfunction Following Severe Burns: A Summary of Recent 30-Year Clinical Experience

Xiao, S.C., Zhu, S.H., Xia, Z.F., et al. (2008). Prevention and Treatment of Gastrointestinal Dysfunction Following Severe Burns: A Summary of Recent 30-Year Clinical Experience. World Journal of Gastroenterology. 14(20):3231-5.

The authors reviewed data on gastrointestinal (GI) dysfunction in 219 burn patients from 1980-2007 categorized in 1 of 3 cohorts based on treatment protocols at the time. In looking at how protocols changed over time, they found that mortality and GI dysfunction were decreased by fluid resuscitation; early excision of necrotic tissue; staged food ingestion; and administration of specific nutrients.
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