• There are multiple ways to treat burns of the hand, depending on the degree of the burn and associated injuries. Several principles should always be kept in mind and are critical to a successful outcome. These are early debridement and edema/infection control, early wound coverage, and early mobilization. Adherence to these simple principles will likely prevent or minimize common postburn complications such as flexion contractures and boutonniere deformities.

• When completing the dissection of a distally based flap, the surgeon should examine the flap for evidence of venous congestion. If venous congestion is noted, a venous anastomosis should be performed to achieve adequate flap drainage. This technique, although infrequently necessary, can improve flap viability.

Essentials of Human Physiology

Essentials of Human Physiology

This ebook provides an introductory explanation of the workings of the human body, with an effort to draw connections between the body systems and explain their interdependencies. A framework for the book is homeostasis and how the body maintains balance within each system. This is intended as a first introduction to physiology for a college-level course.

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