STUDIES ON BURNS AND WOUND HEALING.
Annual progress rept., 1 Jan-31 Dec 63,
TEXAS UNIV MEDICAL BRANCH AT GALVESTON
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This report represents investigations with regard to burns and wound healing. A study has been made of measurements of subcutaneous oxygen tension beneath the burn eschar in comparison with corresponding unburned areas in the same patients. The use of exposure management of skin grafts is evaluated in circular burns of the extremities with Steinmann pins employed for elevation and immobilization. The anesthetic agent, Fluothane, commonly employed for burn dressing procedures, is investigated from the standpoint of its effect on liver function. A study of burn pads stored for a prolonged period of time is discussed. Laboratory experimentation includes two papers related to the use of convalescent burn serum. A pilot study is reported with respect to the effects of bovine R.N.A. on homograft tolerance in the rat. In the field of microbiology data are presented with respect to the antagonism of bacterial infections in a study made in chronically infected mice, and a report of serial investigation of the absorptive properties of the burn wound and of granulation tissue with the use of radioactive tracer material. Author