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November 15, 1952


JAMA. 1952;150(11):1138. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680110078022

Burn Units.  —In a recent circular the Ministry of Health asked regional hospital boards and boards of governors "to consider, as a matter of priority, the establishment of special units for the treatment of burns in each hospital region." It is calculated that there are likely to be 17,500 patients with burns or scalds requiring admission to hospital in England and Wales in any one year, i. e., 1 case per 2,500 population. It is therefore suggested that in each region there should be, initially, one unit of at least 20 to 30 beds. Not less than one-quarter of these beds should be in single bed cells and be ventilated as in an ordinary isolation hospital cubicle, to prevent infection during the early period of treatment. There should be one or more "shock rooms" for the treatment during the first 24 to 48 hours of patients who have undergone shock

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