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This retrospective outcome study looks at patient temperature on admission and if this affected outcome and what variables play a part in the patient’s temperature. Again, this is well written and thought out, but is limited by sample size. They do show trends that have previously been proven, but in this study fail to reach statistical significance. The study is based in Germany, it would be interesting to know if there is any equivalent of an EMSB course where emergency care providers could be educated on the initial management of burns such as the ones provided in the UK. Conclusions from the study are limited and recommend good documentation of patient temperature and steps to maintain normothermia.

Early hypothermia as risk factor in severely burned patients: A retrospective outcome study.
Ziegler B, Kenngott T, Fischer S, et al.
BURNS
2019;45(8):1895-1900.
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Bernard Robertson

NHS Lothian; Honorary Senior Clinical Teacher, University of Dundee; PLASTA Examination Representative.

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