Another researcher, Marty Visscher, PhD, co-author and director of the Cincinnati Children's Skin Sciences Program said that the positive results of this study can apply to other less serious burns and scars. The methods to measure the scar’s healing would enable practitioners to better evaluate their patient’s progress.
Burn patients are not only faced with the risk of infection, which interferes with the healing of their burns, but their self-esteem is challenged due to changes in their appearance. Scarring can affect their ability to move their joints such as bending their fingers making simple activities difficult.
The researchers hope that this study will offer improvements in the management and evaluation of burn scar healing.
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Michele is an R.N. freelance writer with a special interest in woman’s healthcare and quality of care issues. Other articles by Michele are at www.helium.com/users/487540/show_articles/
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