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Prophylactic intravenous immune globulin and polymixin B decrease the incidence of septic episodes and hospital length of stay in severely burned children. J Burn Care Res 2006 Nov-Dec;27(6):813-8



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After burn shock resuscitation, serum gamma globulin levels decrease well below normal before slowly recovering over the course of 1 to 2 months. During this period, patients are vulnerable to further insult as a result of this immunocompromise. We hypothesized that intravenous immune globulin and subtherapeutic polymixin B (IVIG-B) could decrease the incidence and/or severity of sepsis after major thermal injury. A retrospective chart review from 1997 through 2003 at two hospitals compared patients who received IVIG-B (Hospital A) with those who did not (Hospital B). Patients with burns 40% or greater TBSA were included, whereas patients with nonsurvivable injuries were excluded from data analysis. A total of 152 patients were included in the study. One hundred two patients received IVIG-B, and 50 did not. Total burn size was 63.4% TBSA at Hospital A and 63.1% TBSA at Hospital B, with full-thickness burns of 54.4 and 61.7% TBSA, respectively (P < .05). Patients treated at Hospital A had a 51.9% incidence of inhalation injury compared with 28% of the patients at Hospital B (P < .05). There was an average of 1.2 and 1.9 septic episodes for patients treated at Hospital A and Hospital B, respectively (P < .05). Length of hospital stay was 77.1 days at Hospital A compared with 103.8 days at Hospital B (P < .05). Mortality was 17.6% and 18% at Hospitals A and B, respectively, and was not significantly different. Our data suggest that prophylactic IVIG-B is associated with a reduction in the incidence of septic episodes and decreased hospital length of stay following major thermal injury.

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Lyons JM, Davis C, Rieman MT, Kopcha R, Phan H, Greenhalgh D, Palmieri T, Kagan R


Christopher Stephen Davis MD, MPH Assistant Professor in the Surgery department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Anti-Bacterial Agents
Antibiotic Prophylaxis
Immunoglobulins, Intravenous
Immunologic Factors
Length of Stay
Polymyxin B
Retrospective Studies
Shock, Septic
Smoke Inhalation Injury
Trauma Severity Indices
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