Early surgical decompression in the management of electrical injuries

C. James Holliman, Jeffrey R. Saffle, Melva Kravitz, Glenn D. Warden

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Eighty patients with electrical injuries admitted to the University of Utah Intermountain Burn Center in the last 5.5 years were reviewed. Early surgical decompression with fasciotomy and sequential wound debridement appear to result in a low amputation rate and conservation of limb length. The technetium-99m pyrophosphate scan is the most helpful adjunctive method to locate hidden areas of muscle damage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)733-739
Number of pages7
JournalThe American Journal of Surgery
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1982


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery

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