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September 1972

Direct Measurement of Total Metabolism of a Burned Patient

Author Affiliations

Charleston, SC
From the Department of Surgery, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston.

Arch Surg. 1972;105(3):410-413. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1972.04180090015004

A calorimeter has been constructed to measure energy losses of hospitalized patients. We report herewith the first direct measurements of energy losses by a severely burned patient during various treatment phases. We observed extremely high energy demands during the initial phase of the burn wound, and later the efficacy of pigskin heterografts in diminishing those losses.