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Serious Injury or Burn Serious Injury or Burn

Each year in the United States , over 1.25 million people are hospitalized due to a burn injury. Ten thousand people die every year of burn-related infections. Due to improved medical technology in treating burn victims, survival statistics for serious burns have significantly improved. In years past, burns covering half the body were commonly fatal. Today, patients with burns encompassing 90 percent of their body surface can survive.

A person's skin is the largest organ in the body. In addition to providing internal organs and tissues with a physical barrier from the environment and the dangers such as toxins, heat and cold, and disease-carrying microbes, the skin also plays an important role in preserving fluid balance and in regulating body temperature and sensation. Immune cells present in skin help the body prevent and fight disease. For these reasons, the loss of skin due to burns or trauma can deal the body a severe blow, impairing or even eliminating the many vital functions this organ performs. A burn injury is also one of the most painful injuries a person can sustain.
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