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October 12, 1957

INITIAL TREATMENT OF BURNS IN MASS CASUALTIES

JAMA. 1957;165(6):643-646. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980240001001
Abstract

A few patients with extensive burns can completely engage the personnel and much of the working space of the emergency room of a hospital. A large number of patients have to be handled in a different manner if they are to receive any reasonable emergency treatment. Sufficient space to handle many casualties within minutes or hours is an absolute requirement for any hospital. Under disaster conditions, practically all burned patients should receive prophylactic antibiotics. Where time is important, supportive therapy for extensive burns must be emphasized and a predetermined standardized procedure employed.

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