A decade of Australian reconstructive burn surgery in Nepal 2004-2014

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David George Pennington

Keywords

Nepal, Burn, Contracture, global health, poverty

Abstract

Nepal is a nation with an emerging economy that traditionally has faced challenges related to terrain, weather, political instability, natural disasters and poverty. It has a high rate of burn injury. Due to the above factors, adequate primary treatment of burns is frequently rudimentary, resulting in a significant burden of human suffering in the form of chronic debilitating burn-scar contractures. For several decades, international health teams have played a significant role in relieving the burden of disease and deformity, such as cleft lip and palate and burn-scar reconstruction. The current article summarises the experience of an Australian surgical team assembled to manage problems of burn-scar contracture in Nepal over the ten year period 2004-2014. The article discusses patient assessment protocola, patient statistics, conditions treated, procedures and results, complications.

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