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Multiple Organ Failure

Introduction.............................................................................................................. 81 Etiology and Pathophysiology.................................................................................. 82 Prevention............................................................................................................... 84 Organ Failure...........................................................................................................86 Summary.................................................................................................................. 88

INTRODUCTION

Major burns are relatively common injuries that require multidisciplinary treat­ ment for patient survival and recovery. Statistics indicate that one million people are burned every year in the United States. Of these, 60,000-80,000 require admis­ sion to a specialized burn center with 5,000 associated deaths each year. Many of these deaths are due to “sepsis” and multiple organ failure.