Do changes in burn size affect measured energy expenditures?

C. S. Ireton, W. W. Turner, J. C. Cheney, J. L. Hunt, C. R. Baxter

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A relationship between burn wound closure by excision and grafting and measured or calculated energy expenditures is unproved, Energy expenditures wert; mea- sured bv indirect ealorimetiy IMbhl and calculated by a modified Cur- reri formula (MCEE), adjusted for changes in burn wound size and body weight, in six patients. Secondami third-degree burn wounds, initially involving 34% to 61% of the body surface area, were reduced in size to less than 15% by excision and grafting. There were 76 paired determinations of MbH and MCbb. The correlation between percent optiti burn wound and MKh was not significant (Pearson's r =0.16, P = 0.171). The correlation between MCEE and Mbb was not significant (Pearson's r = 0.13, P = 0.247), Mean MCbbs (2,204-3,030 kcal/ day] and Mbbs (2,404-3,558 kcal/day) were significantly different in two patients. Daily m ine urea nitrogen excretion did not correlate with tile extent or open burn wound (r = 0.22, P = 0.22) or with the MEE (r = 0.14, P = 0.47). Thus, measured energy expenditure does not correlate with bum wound closure. A modiliealion ol the Curreri formula, adjusted for changes in initial burn wound size and body weight, does not correlate with measured energy expenditure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)419-421
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Nursing(all)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • Health Professions(all)


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