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Burn Outcomes

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The Baux score is dead. Long live the Baux score: a 27-year retrospective cohort study of mortality at a regional burns service.
Roberts G, Lloyd M, Parker M, Martin R, Philp B, Shelley O, Dziewulski P.
J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2012 Jan;72(1):251-6.

Rationale for inclusion: Single center retrospective looking at 27 years of data. Study concluded that despite improvements in care, the Baux score continues to predict mortality though the point of futility and Baux50 have improved. 

CAVEAT: Single center, UK study

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Predictors of survival and length of stay in burn patients older than 80 years of age: does age really matter?
Pomahac B, Matros E, Semel M, Chan RK, Rogers SO, Demling R, Orgill DP.
J Burn Care Res. 2006 May-Jun;27(3):265-9.

Rationale for inclusion: First study looking specifically at a subset of elderly burn patients to determine predictors for survival. Authors demonstrate that a population of very elderly patients (>80 yo) survive after burn injury. 

CAVEAT: Single center, retrospective study. Generalizability is not possible based on this study.

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SCORTEN: a severity-of-illness score for toxic epidermal necrolysis.
Bastuji-Garin S, Fouchard N, Bertocchi M, Roujeau JC, Revuz J, Wolkenstein P.
J Invest Dermatol. 2000 Aug;115(2):149-53.

Rationale for inclusion: This study defined a SJS-TEN specific severity of illness score to predict risk of death. 

CAVEAT: Important seminal paper, probably less applicable today with the modern treatment of the disease. 

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