INHALATION INJURY IN BURN PATIENTS ADMITTED TO ICU IN BURN AND PLASTIC SURGERY HOSPITAL DURING 2015 AND 2016
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Inhalation injury has now become the most frequent cause of death in burn patients. Although mortality from smoke inhalation alone is low (0–11%), smoke inhalation in combination with cutaneous burns is fatal in 30 to 90 percent of patients. It has been recently reported that the presence of inhalation injury increases burns mortality rate. Identify incidence and epidemiological features of inhalation injury among fire burned patients and analysis of the outcome of our management. Retrospective study of all patients admitted to ICU burn in Burn and Plastic Surgery Hospital, Tripoli-Libya with inhalation injury from January 2015 to December 2016. Total number of admitted patients to ICU was 293, out of them 161 (55%) sustained inhalation injury,126 (78%) patients out of 161 patients were male gender, 138 (86%) patients out of 161 were more than 15 y old in age, 70% of non-survived patients group were with inhalation injury. High incidence of inhalation injury among patients with fire burn who admitted to ICU, Inhalation injury increase mortality by 20%, Inhalation injury had occurred more frequently in adult male gender, Bad prognosis in inhalational injured patients complicated by infection and septicemia, Early diagnosis and intubations decline mortal-ity and morbidity rate.