ISLAMABAD: Head of Burn Care Center (BCC), Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Prof Dr Tariq Iqbal Tuesday said over 35,666 patients had been treated at the BCC since its inception in December 2007.
Talking to APP Dr Tariq said most of the victims with 40 to 50 percent burns do not survive, but a patient with 80 per cent burns was successfully treated at the BCC in 2011, which is a precedent in Pakistan. Regarding treatment at the BCC, he said patients were treated free of charge and also provided with advanced burn dressings and synthetic skins.
Synthetic or artificial skin refers to the skin grown in a laboratory that can be used by people who have suffered skin trauma such as severe burn or skin diseases, he added.
Prof Iqbal said that no burn unit in Pakistan was treating patients on similar lines.
He said out of the 35,666 patients - 19,604 males and 16,062 females — only 472 patients, or 25 per cent, died due to severe burns.
He said that almost 1376 patients were discharged after minor, or major advanced burn dressings, which was 75 per cent of total number of patients treated at the center.
Almost 1,848 patients were given treatment during their indoor admission at the BCC, he added.
He informed that proximity to the hospital and immediate shifting of the victims to the burn centre could help doctors resuscitate the victims well in time.
In most cases, provision of better care was also the reason which helped the team in saving the patient`s life, Dr Tariq added.
According to international burn data, the mortality rate for victims with 40 to 50 per cent body burns was almost 86 percent in Pakistan, he said.
The mortality rate is less than 10 per cent in the developed countries for victims having 50 per cent burns, said Prof Iqbal.
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