New Burn Treatment Method Researched by Local Physician, Nationally Published in BURNS Journal
Dr. Richard Cartie
As the largest inpatient burn center in the United States, the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital, is a forerunner in the latest research and treatment techniques for severely burned patients. Recently, JMS physician, Dr. Richard Cartie, had his research published detailing a new treatment method that could revolutionize the way patients heal from their burn injuries.
The two year study found that therapeutic hypothermia, the process of reducing a patient’s body temperature, can reduce inflammation and decrease burn depth progression. This type of treatment works because second degree burns possess the unique ability to either spontaneously heal or progress deeper into the skin. T he use of a cooling blanket on the wound, resulting in a hypothermic state, can help limit ongoing cellular injury.
This method has been tested in the past with several patients, but never used as a routine way of healing burns. As the treatment method becomes commonly adopted, the hope is that it enhances the overall care of treating burn patients around the world.