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Appleton burn injury lawyersThe skin is designed to protect the body from viruses, bacteria, and other foreign debris. When a burn occurs, the skin’s ability to protect the body is hindered. Because of this, burn injury victims may experience bacterial or fungal infections while undergoing treatment. Should this occur, their life may be at risk. Discover how an infection could impact the outcome of a burn injury case and learn more about how aggressive infection control could help reduce the risk of a death for you or your loved one while receiving treatment for a burn injury.

Burn Injuries and the Risk of Infection

Each year, some 40,000 people are hospitalized for burn injuries. While most of those patients do recover, at least to some extent, approximately 3,400 results in a death to the patient. Of those, about 61 percent are related to infection. As the leading cause of death in burn injury patients, it is an outcome that most physicians plan for, but none can altogether prevent. Instead, they can only strive to reduce the patient’s overall chances.

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Appleton personal injury attorneys, burn victimsSevere burns—those that go beyond at-home treatment and require the help of a physician to heal—can leave victims with life-long scars and pain. This, on top of the risk for recurrent infections, potential loss of certain physical abilities or mobility, scarring, and disfigurement can be a hefty weight to carry and often adds emotional scars to the physical ones. Nothing and no one can ever make that fully right again; however, a new laser treatment may help ease at least some of the pain.

Severe Burn Treatments

When a person suffers from severe burns that cover large portions of the body or penetrate into muscle tissue or bone, rehabilitation at a burn unit is almost always needed. Here, there are many specialists to help with the recovery, including psychiatrists, plastic surgeons, dietitians, physical therapists, internists and more. Yet even with all of this help, a burn victim may be left with visible scarring or recurrent pain from the severity of his or her injuries. This long-term pain and scarring is what the new laser treatment addresses.

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