Friday, December 30, 2005

Friday December 30, 2005
Estimating Burn area

There are 3 ways to estimate %TBSA burn (% Total Body Surface Area Burn).

1. "rule of nine" remains universally accepted tool to calculate %TBSA burn. Click
here to see the diagram.1

2. Lund-Browder chart is more accurate method of calculating %TBSA Burn. Click
here to see the chart 2

3. Recently computer based softwares have been introduced with color coded calculation and instant resuscitation guide. See sample Surface Area Graphic Evaluation software method
here. 3

See most comprehensive Burn management guide at

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References: Click to get abstract or article
Initial management of a major burn: II—assessment and resuscitation - BMJ 2004 ; 329:101-103
Total Burn Care -
Surface Area Graphic Evaluation