Burns: Overview and Risk Factors
Burn injuries are among the leading causes of accidental death. Every year, more than 1 million people in the United States suffer burn injuries, and approximately 50,000 people require hospitalization. Hospital stays may be long–term and may involve multiple surgical procedures.
Serious burns are complex injuries that may affect skin, muscles, tendons, bones, nerves, and blood vessels. Skin damage impairs the body's normal fluid and chemical balance, heat regulation, and ability to fight infection. Long–term effects include diminished muscle and joint function and physical appearance. Involvement of the respiratory system can lead to airway obstruction and death. Even minor burns can worsen diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. Patients may suffer long–lasting emotional, sexual, and psychological problems.
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