The Effect of Two Versus Ten Days Application of Flammacerium in Partial Thickness Burns
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The objective of the proposed study is to assess whether the application of flammacerium for 2 days is as good as, or even better than, the application of flammacerium for 10 days regarding woundhealing in partial thickness burns.
Cerium is suggested to halt the cytokine cascade ensuing burn injury by binding the 'burn toxin' and, when used in combination with silver-sulfadiazine, may enhance its antibacterial effect. Since 1984, the combination of cerium and silver sulfadiazine, flammacerium, has been used in our centre. Current practice is to treat acute, non-facial, burns with daily cleaning and (re-)application of flammacerium for a total of ten days. However, prolonged application of cerium is thought to be unnecessary - it is effective in the early stages after injury- and prolonged application of silver sulfadiazine has a negative effect on wound healing. The objective of the proposed study is therefore, to assess whether the application of flammacerium for 2 days is as good as, or even better than, the application of flammacerium for 10 days regarding woundhealing in partial thickness burns.
number of days required for wound healing, judged clinically and assessed as both number of days till 95% and 100% re-epithelialisation by planimetry at the time the decision regarding surgery is made (8-10 pb) and as wounds are considered healed
Secondary Outcome Measures :
Wound colonisation, assessed by swabs taken at 0 or 3 days pb, 7 days pb and subsequently every 7 days until wounds are healed or treated surgically, and on indication
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Ages Eligible for Study:
Child, Adult, Older Adult
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
patients having partial thickness burns with TBSA of < 10%
patients not seen within 24 hours postburn
patients with only facial burns
patients with electrical or chemical burns
patients or their parents/caregivers with mental or cognitive deficits that may interfere with providing informed consent