The Pediatric Burn: Current Trends and Future Directions

David Preston, Aditee Ambardekar

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Management of the pediatric burn patient presents a variety of clinical challenges for the pediatric anesthesiologist. Despite the high incidence of burn injuries, standard management strategies are far from universal. The complex physiologic changes presented by burn injuries present airway management and resuscitation challenges and mandate careful consideration of adequate nutritional support. Long hospital stays with frequent operations and dressing changes necessitate creative approaches to anxiolysis and pain control. Underutilized modalities warranting further research include regional anesthesia and nonpharmacologic approaches, such as virtual reality. Further research and collaboration between burn centers are needed to standardize care for this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)517-530
Number of pages14
JournalAnesthesiology Clinics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2020


  • Analgesia
  • Anesthesia
  • Anxiolysis
  • Pediatric burn
  • Resuscitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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