ePlasty: Vol. 11
A Randomized, Prospective Study of the Treatment of Superficial Partial-Thickness Burns: AWBAT-S Versus Biobrane
John E Greenwood, AM, BSc(Hons), MBChB, MD, FRCS(Eng), FRCS(Plast), FRACS

Adult Burn Service, Royal Adelaide Hospital, North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


Correspondence: john.greenwood@health.sa.gov.au

The aim of this study was to prospectively evaluate AWBAT-S in comparison with Biobrane for the treatment of superficial partial-thickness burns using the patient as his or her own control. Primary outcome measures included length of hospital inpatient stay and patient-reported perception of pain. Secondary outcome measures included time to healing, clinical outcome of burn sites (scarring) and a comparison of cost of care for patients treated with AWBAT-S versus Biobrane.


Superficial partial-thickness burns involve damage to the epidermis and superficial dermis.1 The destroyed tissue typically blisters and sloughs off leaving an open and exuding dermis with nerve endings exposed. They thus represent one of the most painful of the several categories of thermal injuries. Historically, conservative treatment consisted of removing nonviable tissue on the ward (the aggressiveness dictated by pain), daily bathing or showering with friction washing of burn wounds and applying new dressings with topical medications 1 to 2 times a day.2,


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