Philippine Journal of Surgical Specialties Vol. 73, No. 2, July-December 2018, pp 45-51

Inhalational Injury: The Philippine General Hospital Experience (2008-2013)

Author(s): Jose Joven V. Cruz, MD, MPH, FPAPRAS, FPCS, Pinky Dirain-Beran, MD, FPAPRAS and Alexandra Monica L. Tan-Gayos, MD

Profiling of burn patients with inhalational injury will lead to better practices in the immediate and supportive management of their injuries. The goal of this study was to determine demographic and clinical factors associated with mortality in burn patients with inhalational injury admitted at Philippine General Hospital – Alfredo T. Ramirez (PGH – ATR) Burn Center from 2008 to 2013.

All patients who were admitted from 2008 to 2013 were included in the study. The patient database was searched for cases of burn patients with inhalation injury. Medical records were reviewed for further analysis. This study was exempted from review by the University of the Philippines Manila Research Ethics Board.

Out of 1900 burn patients included in the study, 134 presented with concomitant inhalation injury with a prevalence rate of 7.0% and with a mortality rate of 38.06%. The study showed that the following variables: 1) percent total body surface area (%TBSA), 2) length of time from injury to resuscitation, 3) nebulization with N-acetylcysteine, 4) development of pneumonia, 5) administration of systemic antibiotics, and 6) performance of bronchoscopy correlated significantly with patient outcomes (p<0.05). Other variables did not show significant correlations with outcomes. The study also revealed that most of the patients were males with a mean age of 30.62, who sustained severe burns usually greater than 39% TBSA.

Poorer prognostic indicators include: 1) larger burnt body surface area, 2) delayed intubation, 3) delayed resuscitation, and 4) development of pneumonia.

Key words: Burn, inhalational injury