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A guide to management of burns during the COVID-19 pandemic in low- and middle-income countries

C Ede, A Muganza, MGC Giaquinto-Cilliers, WG Kleintjes, D den Hollander


The novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is of public health concern as the disease is characterised by a surge in hospital admissions. This surge places an enormous burden on the scarce resources in the few burn units that exist in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), as these resources are shared in the care of patients with COVID-19. Hence it is important to produce a guide for healthcare providers and policy-makers in LMICs on the management of burn resources and burn patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Authors' affiliations

C Ede, Burn Unit, Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa

A Muganza, Burn Unit, Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa

MGC Giaquinto-Cilliers, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Burns Unit, Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Hospital, Kimberley, South Africa

WG Kleintjes, Burns Unit, Faculty of Medicine and Health, Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa

D den Hollander, Burn Centre Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital (IALCH), KwaZulu-Natal and University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

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South African Journal of Plastic & Reconstructive Aesthetic Surgery & Burns 2020;3(3):55. DOI:10.7196/SAJPRASB.2021.v3i3.50

Article History

Date submitted: 2021-02-19
Date published: 2021-02-19

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