Clinical research focuses on the management and outcomes of patients with Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TENS); the effect of gender on mortality in burn patients; and fluid management and blood transfusion practices.
The Victorian Adult Burns Service at The Alfred provides the state-wide service for adult patients with severe burn injuries.
Clinical research topics in 2015 have included gender differences in cytokine response to burn injury, troponin levels in patients with burns and the early microbiological profile of the burn wound.
A prospective trial is under way to test the validity of a predictive equation for dressing requirements, which will contribute to state disaster response preparation and planning. Laboratory research is focused on techniques for keratinocyte culture and tissue engineering for skin substitutes.