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Optimized Fluid Management Improves Outcomes of Pediatric Burn Patients

Kraft, R., Herndon, D.N., Branski, L.K., et al. (2013). Optimized Fluid Management Improves Outcomes of Pediatric Burn Patients. Journal of Surgical Research. 181(1):121-8.

The authors compared results of fluid resuscitation using a transcardiopulmonary thermo-dilution monitoring device (PiCCO) vs. fluid resuscitation using body weight, burn size, and urinary output in pediatric patients with burns over greater than 30% of their bodies. There were 76 patients in each group. Patients were followed for 20 days post-burn and there was less incidence of cardiac and renal failure in the PiCCO group.
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