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  • Print publication year: 2007
  • Online publication date: December 2009

29 - The burns unit

from Part III - Working with specific units


Burn trauma is a significant cause of mortality and morbidity. There are many possible factors that could explain why some individuals appear to develop psychological sequelae following burn trauma and some individuals do not. It is perhaps commonly assumed that the greater total body surface area (TBSA) burn an individual sustains the more likely that individual is to develop a distressing psychological reaction. One group of burn trauma victims of particular concern to the liaison psychiatrist is those who self-inflict burn trauma. It is important to focus on ensuring that burns units provide an environment and package of care that openly acknowledges the importance of psychosocial factors, deals with them in a caring and sympathetic manner and identifies individuals with specific needs. Departments of liaison psychiatry have a key role to play in the provision of a service that caters for burn trauma victims' psychosocial needs.
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