ABSORPTION OF RADIOACTIVE IODINE (NaI131) AND STRONTIUM (Sr85(NO3)2) THROUGH NORMAL SKIN, FIRST, SECOND, THIRD DEGREE BURNS AND OPEN TRAU MATIC WOUNDS.
Annual progress rept., 1 June 62-31 May 63,
HAHNEMANN MEDICAL COLL AND HOSPITAL PHILADELPHIA PA
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No penetration of I131 or Sr85 across normal, intact skin could be demonstrated. Variable amounts of I131 were absorbed through first de gree burns on different days of the first week, depending upon associated trauma and ulcera tions. Considerably larger amounts of I131 and Sr85 are absorbed through fresh second degree burns. The absorption decreases with the heal ing of the burn. Third degree burns follow a similar pattern of absorption as second with lesser quantities absorbed. Penetration of I131 and Sr85 across open traumatic wounds shows initially a lower amount in fresh bleeding wounds with the highest quantities being absorbed in one 1 day old wounds. Thereafter there is a decrease in absorption. Granulation tissues per mit the passage of relatively constant amounts of ions. Among plain bandage, Furacin and petrola tum ointments, Rezifilm plastic spray and Vase line gauze, used as protective dressings to pre vent the absorption of radioactive fallout, Vase line gauze was found to be the most effective. Current studies include the absorption of bac terial toxins and antibiotics across the wound surface. Author