Closed-Loop and Decision-Assist Resuscitation of Burn Patients

U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-6315, USA.
The Journal of trauma (Impact Factor: 2.96). 05/2008; 64(4 Suppl):S321-32. DOI: 10.1097/TA.0b013e31816bf4f7
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Effective resuscitation is critical in reducing mortality and morbidity rates of patients with acute burns. To this end, guidelines and formulas have been developed to define infusion rates and volume requirements during the first 48 hours postburn. Even with these standardized resuscitation guidelines, however, over- and under-resuscitation are not uncommon. Two approaches to adjust infusion rate are decision-assist and closed-loop algorithms based on levels of urinary output. Specific decision assist guidelines or a closed-loop system using computer-controlled feedback technology that supplies automatic control of infusion rates can potentially achieve better control of urinary output. In a properly designed system, closed-loop control has the potential to provide more accurate titration rates, while lowering the incidence of over- and under-resuscitation. Because the system can self-adjust based on monitoring inputs, the technology can be pushed to environments such as combat zones where burn resuscitation expertise is limited. A closed-loop system can also assist in the management of mass casualties, another scenario in which medical expertise is often in short supply. This article reviews the record of fluid balance of contemporary burn resuscitation and approaches, as well as the engineering efforts, animal studies, and algorithm development of our most recent autonomous systems for burn resuscitation.

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    • "In the United States, 40,000 patients are hospitalized with severe burn injury annually[1]. Although goal-directed resuscitation [2]–[4], early burn wound excision and grafting [5]–[8], and recognition of burn hypercatabolism [9]–[11] have dramatically improved outcomes for these patients, the mortality rate from burn injury has changed little over the past twenty years, hovering at 5–10% [1], [12]. Among factors responsible for patient outcomes, sepsis delivers the most profound impact, and contributes to 75% of deaths [13], [14]. "
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