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Changes in coagulation and temperature management in burn patients – A survey of burn centers in Switzerland, Austria and Germany

Burns. 2023 Feb 24:S0305-4179(23)00031-1. doi: 10.1016/j.burns.2023.02.010. Online ahead of print.


BACKGROUND: Severely burned patients suffer from both coagulopathy and hypothermia, with a lack of international consensus and appropriate treatment guidelines. This study examines recent developments and trends in coagulation and temperature management in European burn centers.

METHODS: A survey was sent to burn centers in Switzerland, Austria and Germany in 2016 and again in 2021. The analysis was performed using descriptive statistics, with categorical data reported in absolute numbers (n) and percentages (%) and numerical data reported as mean and standard deviation.

RESULTS: The rate of completed questionnaires was 84 % (16 of 19 questionnaires) in 2016 and 91 % (21 of 22 questionnaires) in 2021. The number of global coagulation tests performed has decreased over the observation period in favor of single factor determination and bed-side point-of-care coagulation tests. This has also led to increased administration of single factor concentrates in therapy. Although many centers had a defined treatment protocol for hypothermia in 2016, coverage increased such that in 2021 all centers surveyed had such a protocol. The body temperature was measured more consistently in 2021; thus, hypothermia was more actively sought, detected and treated.

CONCLUSION: A point-of-care guided, factor-based coagulation management and the maintenance of normothermia have gained importance in the care of burn patients in recent years.

PMID:36914441 | DOI:10.1016/j.burns.2023.02.010

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