Evaluation of a caloric requirement formula in burned children treated with early excision

Marsha A. Hildreth, David N. Herndon, Donald H. Parks, Manu H. Desai, Thomas Rutan

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This study was undertaken to evaluate the effectiveness of a standard caloric requirement formula, as determined by retrospective analysis of weight gain of patients treated by serial debridement, for patients treated by early excision. The caloric intakes of 61 patients with more than 40% third-degree burn, 27 treated with serial debridement of the burn wound and 34 treated with early massive excision, were reviewed and compared to their calculated requirements. Nutritional support in both groups was similar. Of the 48 survivors there was no difference in their age, % TBSA burn, and per cent meeting caloric requirement. The early excision survivors had a greater percentage third-degree burn and weight change but a decreased length of stay. It was concluded that even though the formula, previously developed at our institution, may lead to a slight overestimation in determination of the caloric needs of early excision patients, it is an acceptable means of determining their requirements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)188-189
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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