De la Garza M.,University of Illinois at Springfield |
Sauerbier M.,Trauma Center |
Sauerbier M.,University of Heidelberg |
Gunter G.,University of Heidelberg |
And 4 more authors.
Hand Clinics | Year: 2017
Improvements in critical care and burn victim resuscitation have led to increased survival of burned patients. Initial resuscitation, early excision of burned tissues, prevention of burn wound sepsis, and wound coverage remain mainstays of care. Many burn wounds require complex reconstruction. This is particularly important in the hand. Coverage of tendons, ligaments, joints, vessels, nerves, and bones of the hand requires healthy vascularized tissue to maintain viability and function. Local flaps or regional flaps may be within the burn zone of injury. Refined microvascular free tissue transfer techniques offer free tissue transfer as a procedure that can be safely performed. © 2017