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Management of SARS-Cov-2-positive major burns: The tribulations and dilemmas

 Department of Burn, Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, India

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Raman Sharma,
Department of Burn, Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi - 110 060
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DOI: 10.4103/ijb.ijb_32_20

SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic is still ravaging territories and spreading like wildfire. Infection with this virus is already complicating many clinical and emergency situations by overlapping symptoms, development of newer protocols for disease management, by redefining prognostic indicators, and upscaling the level of protection required for health-care workers. The current report outlines the tribulations and dilemmas of managing an asymptomatic 35% total body surface area burn patient with concomitant SARS-CoV-2 infection, from its diagnosis till full wound healing. Countries with a large population and a high incidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection need to maintain a high index of suspicion for a concomitant SARS-CoV-2 infection because asymptomatic patients can present with burns and they can also be carriers. Further, there is a need to strategize the deployment of resources, workforce, and burn wound management and to adopt effective precautionary measures for better outcomes and safety of health-care workers.

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