First experiences with rehabilitation of serious burn victims

Mathilde Delrue, Nele Beeckmans, Tri-t- Vo, Claire Vanderhofstadt, Jean-Marie Vanmarsenille Published in the journal : September 2021 Category : Médecine Physique et Réadaptation

Summary :

"Burn victims" represent a specific population that requires complex care. A brief description of the burns and their healing process is given herein.

Clinical burn symptoms are patient-dependent, given that they may be associated with numerous and various skin lesions, including burns, hypertrophic scars, keloids, as well as skin retractions; joint lesions consisting of mobility reductions and heterotopic ossifications, in addition to various associated pathologies, such as nerve compressions, amputations, as well as perineal lesions.

The care of these patients requires a multidisciplinary approach, enabling the management of various purely medical problems, along with a bio-psycho-social approach allowing for the various difficulties the patient is inevitably confronted with to be addressed.

What is already known about the topic?

In addition to skin lesions, severe burns are associated with multiple pathologies requiring multidisciplinary care. Establishing a program with the patient appears essential enabling the residual quality of life to be optimized.

What does this article bring up for us?

The description of the recent experience of a multidisciplinary team approach, along with the comparison against the "best practice" literature, is provided in this article.

Key Words

Burn victims, rehabilitation, multidisciplinary team