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[Clinical characteristics of burn caused by coal mine explosion]

J Li, Y Kong, S Wang
Chinese Journal of Plastic Surgery and Burns 1998, 14 (6): 436-8
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OBJECTIVE: To investigate the characteristics of the burn injury caused by coal mine explosion so as to enhance the cure rate.

METHODS: Analyse the therapeutic result after planned standard treatment of clinical patients and review historical patients.

RESULTS: 1. Coal mine explosion includes two types, i.e., gas explosion and coal dust explosion. 2. This kind of burn is a combined injury with pathologic changes of burns as the main feature. Mechanical injury is the chief cause of early death. Blast injury mainly damages the lungs. The occurrence of carboxyhemoglobinemia is not often. 3. The amount of fluid infusion in the first 24 h in exudation phase is 8% less of the traditional formula. Alkaline balanced salt solution is supplied as electrolyte solution, which can provide 45% of necessary HCO3- for correction of acidosis. 4. No thorough debridement is imposed in the treatment of burn wound. Baking with electric bulb with topical SD-Ag in semi-exposure state can be used. 5. Inhalation injury chiefly occurs in upper respiratory tract. The main bacterial species causing complicated lung infection are Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus. 6. When MSOF occurs, the most frequently involved organ and system are the kidney and respiratory system. 7. The main bacteria causing systemic invasive infection are enteric bacilli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Enteric bacilli infection may be enterogenic. The latter infection is chiefly the result of cross infection in hospital.

CONCLUSION: The burn caused by coal mine explosion is a combined injury characterized by pathologic changes of burn as the main issue. This kind of burn has two types, i.e., gas-explosion-burn and coal-dust-explosion-burn.

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