The National Research Council and the Office of Scientific Research and Development have authorized the release of this memorandum containing suggestions for the use of oral and parenteral fluids and food in the treatment of burns. To the medical officer who has had experience with the treatment of burned patients it will be evident that the suggested outline is somewhat dogmatic. However, the main purpose of the outline is to aid the medical officer with little or no experience in the management of such cases. It is hoped that the discussion of the rationale for giving the suggested fluids will be helpful as a guide to the recommended therapy. Coincident with this fluid and nutritional therapy, local burn treatment in conjunction with parenteral penicillin and oral sulfonamide therapy should be directed toward the prevention and control of burn sepsis, but the latter items are not dealt with in this discussion,
Harkins HN, Cope O, Evans EI, Phillips RA, Richards DW. THE FLUID AND NUTRITIONAL THERAPY OF BURNS: MEMORANDUM PREPARED BY A COMMITTEE APPOINTED BY DR. ALFRED BLALOCK, CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON SHOCK. JAMA. 1945;128(7):475–479. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860240001001
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