2012 & 2013 Publications

Following each paper is a statement about how we plan to take a ‘TRIP’ with these results i.e. Translate Research into Practice (TRIP).

  1. Long-term follow-up of the impacts on obstetric complications of trunk burn injuries sustained during childhood. Duke J.  Wood F.  Semmens J.  Edgar DW.  Rea S.   Journal of Burn Care & Research.  33(5):654-9, 2012 Sep-Oct.

    TRIP: A common question asked is the impact of burn injury on the ability to have a normal life. We know that a normal pregnancy is possible.

  2. Association of TGF1 and clinical factors with scar outcome following melanoma excision. Ward SV.  Cadby G.  Heyworth JS.  Fear MW.  Wallace HJ.  Cole JM.  Wood FM.  Palmer LJ.  Archives of Dermatological Research.  304(5):343-51, 2012 Jul.

    TRIP: Understanding the genetic and cellular pathways involved in scarring guides the future treatment opportunities.

  3. A prospective randomised clinical pilot study to compare the effectiveness of Biobrane synthetic wound dressing, with or without autologous cell suspension, to the local standard treatment regimen in paediatric scald injuries. Wood F.  Martin L.  Lewis D.  Rawlins J.  McWilliams T.  Burrows S.  Rea  Burns.  38(6):830-9, 2012 Sep.

    TRIP: Cell based therapies, “spray on skin cells”, have been used in WA since 1995. We are still learning how to improve the technique in terms of the best timing and best protection of the fragile healing surface.

  4. Rates of hospitalisations and mortality of older adults admitted with burn injuries in Western Australian from 1983 to 2008. Duke J.  Wood F.  Semmens J.  Edgar DW.  Spilsbury K.  Willis A.  Hendrie D.  Rea S. Australasian Journal on Ageing.  31(2):83-9, 2012 Jun.

    TRIP: The elderly are increasingly vulnerable. Understanding the population health helps us guide the development of prevention and community education campaigns.

  5. Complex chemical burns following a mass casualty chemical plant incident: how optimal planning and organisation can make a difference. O'Neill TB.  Rawlins J.  Rea S.  Wood F. Burns.  38(5):713-8, 2012 Aug.

    TRIP: We have driven disaster planning for mass casualties involving burns since the late 1990’s. We can always improve and each time we are faced with such events we analyse the response, refine the plans and share the learnings.

  6. Burn injury has a systemic effect on reinnervation of skin and restoration of nociceptive functionMorellini NM.  Fear MW.  Rea S.  West AK.  Wood FM.  Dunlop SA.   Wound Repair & Regeneration.  20(3):367-77, 2012 May-Jun.

    TRIP: Knowing how nerves change in the skin after burn injury is an area we believe will help improve treatments to impact on pain itching and ultimately the extent of the scar itself.

  7. Predictors of patient satisfaction with pain management and improvement 3 months after burn injury. Andrews RM.  Browne AL.  Wood F.  Schug SA Journal of Burn Care & Research.  33(3):442-52, 2012 May-Jun.

    TRIP: The pain associated with burn injury is well known, a key aspect of treatment is understanding the issue from the patient perspective, driving the improvement in care.

  8. Burn patients, parents and doctors; are we in agreement? Wood AJ.  Clugston SC.  Rawlins JM.  Rea S.  Edgar DW.  Wood FM.  Burns.  38(4):487-92, 2012 Jun.

    TRIP: Surgical improvement for scarring has to be driven by the patient. The decision is more complex in children. We need to bring realistic expectations together to deliver an improved scar outcome.

  9. The effect of exercise training on pulmonary function and aerobic capacity in adults with burn. Grisbrook TL.  Wallman KE.  Elliott CM.  Wood FM.  Edgar DW.  Reid SL.  Burns.  38(4):607-13, 2012 Jun.

    TRIP: Proving that exercise training improves aerobic capacity and occupational performance is possible many years after burn injury, offers hope to patients striving to optimize their outcome.

  10. Urban compared with rural and remote burn hospitalisations in Western Australia. Duke J.  Rea S.  Semmens J.  Wood F.  Burns.  38(4):591-8, 2012 Jun.

    TRIP: Understanding our population vulnerability is essential in driving education and strategies such as telehealth aim to provide equity of care across the whole of WA.  

  11. The effect of nano-scale topography on keratinocyte phenotype and wound healing following burn injury. Parkinson LG.  Rea SM.  Stevenson AW.  Wood FM.  Fear MW.  Tissue engineering. Part A.  18(7-8):703-14, 2012 Apr.

    TRIP: Designing new surfaces to facilitating the skin cells to migrate to cover the wound surface and then protecting the healing skin surface is an essential aspect of the use of cell based therapies.

  12. Development and evaluation of a DVD for the education of burn patients who were not admitted to hospital. Finlay V.  Davidoss N.  Lei C.  Huangfu J.  Burrows S.  Edgar DW.  Rea S.  Wood FM  Journal of Burn Care & Research.  33(2):e70-8, 2012 Mar-Apr.

    TRIP: Patient education is an integral part of care. This is a practical and useful DVD resource developed for ambulatory burn patients.

  13. A case series of grevillea seed burns. Luo J.  McWilliams T.  Wood F.  Medical Journal of Australia.  196(4):244, 2012 Mar 5.

    TRIP: We can always learn from unusual circumstances where burn injuries arise such that we increase awareness to ensure rapid treatment in the future.

  14. Burn and cancer risk: a state-wide longitudinal analysis. Duke J.  Rea S.  Semmens J.  Edgar DW.  Wood F.   Burns.  38(3):340-7, 2012 May.

    TRIP: We asked the question; “is there a relationship between burn injury and risk of developing cancer?” We have demonstrated a potential association and now work is ongoing to understand the possible reasons.

  15. High-carbohydrate, high-protein, low-fat versus low-carbohydrate, high-protein, high-fat enteral feeds for burns. Masters B.  Aarabi S.  Sidhwa F.  Wood F.   Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.  1:CD006122, 2012.

    TRIP: Systematic reviews help us understand the whole of the evidence published and help guide the treatment in this case of the nutritional evidence based guidelines for burn nutritional supplementation.

  16. An assessment of burn injury hospitalisations of adolescents and young adults in Western Australia, 1983-2008. Duke J.  Wood F.  Semmens J.  Edgar DW.  Spilsbury K.  Rea S.  Burns.  38(1):128-35, 2012 Feb.

    TRIP: Young people are vulnerable to burn injury. We need to know the associated risk factors to target prevention strategies.

  17. Characterisation of the cell suspension harvested from the dermal epidermal junction using a ReCell kit. Wood FM.  Giles N.  Stevenson A.  Rea S.  Fear M.  Burns.  38(1):44-51, 2012 Feb.

    TRIP: The skin cells we harvest are a mixture of cell types. Measuring the relative combinations is important when we use the cells in different situations such as acute burns or scar revision.

  18. Demonstration of the use of the ICF framework in detailing complex functional deficits after major burnGrisbrook TL.  Stearne SM.  Reid SL.  Wood FM.  Rea SM.  Elliott CM. Demonstration of the use of the ICF framework in detailing complex functional deficits after major burn.  Burns.  38(1):32-43, 2012 Feb.

    TRIP: Functional outcome measurement is complex and multifactorial. The framework allows the measurement and comparison related to injury and treatments.

  19. Tissue engineering of skin. [Review]Wood F.  Clinics in Plastic Surgery.  39(1):21-32, 2012 Jan.

    TRIP: The regeneration of skin with specific site characteristics remains a challenge for tissue engineering which needs to be addressed with the understanding of the work to date, the technologies possible and the clinical understanding of treating skin loss.  

  20. Motion correction of in vivo three-dimensional optical coherence tomography of human skin using a fiducial marker. Liew YM, McLaughlin RA, Wood FM, Sampson DD. Biomed Opt Express. 2012 Aug 1;3(8):1774-86.

    TRIP: Measuring the scar is complex and remains a serious challenge. Joining with biomedical engineering expertise we are able to explore novel ways to image the scar and track the changes over time.  

  21. Exercise training to improve health related quality of life in long term survivors of major burn injury: a matched controlled study. Grisbrook TL, Reid SL, Edgar DW, Wallman KE, Wood FM, Elliott CM.  Burns. 2012 Dec;38(8):1165-73.

    TRIP: Bursts of goal orientated exercise training is effective in improving long term quality of life outcomes after burn.

  22. Sweet's syndrome mimicking alkali burn: A clinical conundrum. O'Halloran E, Stewart N, Vetrichevvel TP, Rea S, Wood F  J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2013 Jun;66(6):867-9. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2012.11.003. Epub 2012.

    TRIP: Some dermatology conditions can masquerade as burns. We need to highlight such cases to ensure rapid treatment.

  23. The development of an evidence based resource for burns care. Munn Z, Kavanagh S, Lockwood C, Pearson A, Wood F.  Burns. 2013 Jun;39(4):577-82. doi: 10.1016/j.burns.2012.11.005. Epub 2012 Dec 3.

    TRIP: Burns care is based on education and training at every stage. Providing evidence based resources via the Joanna Briggs Foundation is a step towards equity of care globally.

  24. A pilot randomized controlled trial of an early multidisciplinary model to prevent disability following traumatic injury. Browne AL, Appleton S, Fong K, Wood F, Coll F, de Munck S, Newnham E, Schug SA.  Disabil Rehabil. 2013 Jul;35(14):1149-63. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2012.721047. Epub 2012 Oct 22.

    TRIP: The psychological impact post trauma is profound and exploring interventions leads us to improved models of care.

  25. Developing the first Bi-National clinical quality registry for burns--lessons learned so far. Watterson D, Gabbe BJ, Cleland H, Edgar D, Cameron P; Members of the Bi-NBR Steering Committee.  Burns. 2012 Feb;38(1):52-60.

    TRIP: Bi-National data collection is challenging but worthwhile.

  26. Screening for harmful alcohol use in Australian trauma settings. Browne AL, Newton M, Gope M, Schug SA, Wood FM, Allsop S.  Injury, Int. J. Care Injured 44 (2013) 110–117.

    TRIP: Regular excessive alcohol use was implicated in the injury up to 77% of trauma patients screened in this study. 60% of these were confirmed as drinking at harmful levels, a problem we need to address.

  27. Scald burns in children aged 14 and younger in Australia and New Zealand-An analysis based on the Bi-National Burns Registry (BiNBR). Schricke DI, Jennings PA, Edgar DW, Harvey JG, Cleland HJ, Wood FM, Cameron PA. Burns. 2013 Jun 19. doi:pii: S0305-4179(13)00157-5. 10.1016/j.burns.2013.05.010.

    TRIP: This work provides the statistics to drive targeted prevention and education campaigns in Australia and New Zealand - Scalds occur 4 times more in Aboriginal and Maori children compared to Caucasian children with 46% of injuries in the kitchen associated with someone cooking.  Only 20% of children received immediate, adequate first aid and those that did spent 2.8 days less in hospital. All opportunities for improvement.

  28. Grip strength dynamometry: Reliability and validity for adults with upper limb burns. Clifford MS, Hamer P, Phillips M, Wood FM, Edgar DW.  Burns. 2013 May 10. doi:pii: S0305-4179(13)00097-1. 10.1016/j.burns.2013.03.020.

    TRIP: We can accurately measure grip strength outcomes in burn patients after one month post-burn. Important to use such measures to track change over time.

  29. Does the type of skin replacement surgery influence the rate of infection in acute burn injured patients? Park JH, Heggie KM, Edgar DW, Bulsara MK, Wood FM.  Burns. 2013 Apr 24. doi:pii: S0305-4179(13)00089-2. 10.1016/j.burns.2013.03.015.

    TRIP: In WA, advancing age,  larger area burn and presence of diabetes increased the rate of post-burn infection.

  30. Determinants of burn first aid knowledge: Cross-sectional study. Wallace HJ, O'Neill TB, Wood FM, Edgar DW, Rea SM.  Burns. 2013 Apr 13. doi:pii: S0305-4179(13)00048-X. 10.1016/j.burns.2013.02.007.

    TRIP: Accurate burn first aid knowledge was increased by 15% in those who attended a first aid course within 5 years, with compounded improvement if the person had experienced burn care in some way in the past. Community education remains a core activity.

  31. A modified Vancouver Scar Scale linked with TBSA (mVSS-TBSA): Inter-rater reliability of an innovative burn scar assessment method. Gankande TU, Wood FM, Edgar DW, Duke JM, Dejong HM, Henderson AE, Wallace HJ.  Burns. 2013 Feb 21. doi:pii: S0305-4179(13)00032-6. 10.1016/j.burns.2013.01.014.

    TRIP: Combining burn scar area with traditional scar score is a way to look at the whole of scar measurement, trying to improve interpretation of scar outcomes.

  32. In vivo assessment of human burn scars through automated quantification of vascularity using optical coherence tomography. Liew YM, McLaughlin RA, Gong P, Wood FM, Sampson DD.  J Biomed Opt. 2013 Jun;18(6):061213. doi: 10.1117/1.JBO.18.6.061213. Erratum in: J Biomed Opt. 2013 Jun;18(6):069801.

    TRIP: The blood supply to the healing area is essential but it can be associated with an ongoing scarring process. The use of this unique measurement technique done without taking tissue samples is helpful in following changes as the scars mature.

  33. Changes in the plasma cytokine and growth factor profile are associated with impaired healing in pediatric patients treated with INTEGRA® for reconstructive procedures. Nessler M, Puchala J, Wood FM, Wallace HJ, Fear MW, Nessler K, Drukala J.  Burns. 2013 Jun;39(4):667-73.

    TRIP: Inflammation continuing beyond the time of the injury is considered to be associated with poor scar. Integra is a dermal template which can assist skin replacement and its role in reduced scar may be due to the decrease in inflammation.

  34. Burn-injured adults with long term functional impairments demonstrate the same response to resistance training as uninjured controls. Grisbrook TL, Elliott CM, Edgar DW, Wallman KE, Wood FM, Reid SL. Burns. 2013 Jun;39(4):680-6. doi: 10.1016/j.burns.2012.09.005. Epub 2012 Sep 26.

    TRIP: Burn patients respond well to strength training and improve function 2+ years after their burn.

  35. In the media: Burns as a method of assault. O'Halloran E, Duke J, Rea S, Wood F.  Burns. 2013 Apr 22. doi:pii: S0305-4179(13)00078-8. 10.1016/j.burns.2013.03.004

    TRIP: The mechanism of injury may have a significant influence on the holistic outcome highlighting the need for early interventions.

  36. Training general practitioners in remote Western Australia in a method of screening and brief intervention for harmful alcohol use: A pilot study. Brennan C, Newton M, Wood F, Schug SA, Allsop S, Browne AL Aust J Rural Health. 2013 Apr;21(2):72-9. doi: 10.1111/ajr.12019.

    TRIP: New alcohol screening and brief intervention packages for rural GP’s in WA remained in use in 88% of cases at 6 months post-training.

  37. Paediatric medical trauma: The impact on parents of burn survivors. McGarry S, Girdler S, McDonald A, Valentine J, Wood F, Elliott C. Burns. 2013 Mar 2. doi:pii: S0305-4179(13)00012-0. 10.1016/j.burns.2013.01.009.

    TRIP: Investigating the impact of a child’s trauma on the parents can help us lessen that trauma into the future.

  38. Is the length of time in acute burn surgery associated with poorer outcomes? Lim J, Liew S, Chan H, Jackson T, Burrows S, Edgar DW, Wood FM. Burns. 2013 Jul 19. TRIP: Shortening the time in surgery by 30 mins is associated with a 13% reduction in hospital bed days. Increasing the burn by 10% of the total body surface area increased time in surgery by 60%.

  39. The influence of advancing age on quality of life and rate of recovery after treatment for burn. Edgar DW, Homer L, Phillips M, Gurfinkel R, Rea S, Wood FM. Burns. 2013 Sep;39(6):1067-72.

    TRIP: In WA adults, with each year of age, physical function post-burn recovers 3.7% slower. However, increasingly the elderly survive burn injury.

  40. Effectiveness of a topical local anaesthetic spray as analgesia for dressing changes: A double-blinded randomised pilot trial comparing an emulsion with an aqueous lidocaine formulation. Desai C, Wood FM, Schug SA, Parsons RW, Fridlender C, Sunderland VB.  Burns. 2013 Jun 26.

    TRIP: We are always exploring new methods to improve pain treatments, especially related to dressing changes.

  41. Sexuality following burn injuries: a preliminary study. Connell KM, Coates R, Wood FM.  J Burn Care Res. 2013 Sep-Oct;34(5):e282-9

    TRIP: At one year post-burn, 17-20% of burn patients continue to have sexual relationship dysfunction and 30-45% have body image disturbances. An area we need to understand in order to improve treatments.

  42. Paediatric health care professionals: relationships between psychological distress, resilience and coping skills. McGarry S, Girdler S, McDonald A, Valentine J, Lee S, Blair E, Wood F, Elliott, C. The Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 2013, 49 (9), 725-732.

    TRIP: Caring for the carers is essential in maintaining a healthy workforce into the future

  43. Paediatric burns: from the voice of the child. McGarry S, Elliott C, McDonald A, Valentine J, Wood F, Girdler S.  Burns 2013, pii:S0305-4179(13)00271-4.doi: 10.1016/j.burns.2013.08.031

    TRIP: We need to listen to the patient which may be difficult in children but is vital in improving lifelong outcomes

  44. Enhancing the clinical utility of the Burn Specific Health Scale-Brief: Not just for major burns. Finlay V, Phillips M, Wood F, Hendrie D, Allison GT, Edgar D. . 2013, pii: S0305-4179(13)00208-8. doi: 10.1016/j.burns.2013.07.005

    TRIP: Measuring the results of the injury and interventions in non-major burns is a significant part of the work we need to do, having a measure that is realistic is key.

  45. A literature review to determine the impact of sexuality and body image changes following burn injuries. Connell, K., Coates,R., Doherty,M., Wood,F.  2013, 31(4).403-412. doi 10.1007/s11195-013-9321-9

    TRIP: The holistic approach to care needs to acknowledge the impact burn injury has on sexuality

  46. Trends in hospital admissions for sunburn in Western Australia, 1988 to 2008. Duke J, Wood F, Semmens J, Edgar DW, Rea S.  Asia Pac J Public Health; 2013, 25(1): 102-109.

    TRIP: Despite all our efforts sunburn so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized is important information to refocus our prevention efforts

  47. Developing a burn injury severity score (BISS): Adding age and total body surface area burned to the injury severity score (ISS) improves mortality concordance. Cassidy JT, Phillips M, Fatovich D, Duke J, Edgar DW, Wood FM.  Burns. 2013, Published ahead of print, Dec 2013

    TRIP: Quantifying the risk of mortality can direct service delivery and improve patient management.

  48. Measurement of localised tissue water – clinical application of bioimpedance spectroscopy in wound management. Ward LC, Sharpe K, Edgar D, Finlay V, Wood F. 2013 Journal of Physics: Conference Series. 434 012043

    TRIP: Accurate assessment of swelling using electrical currents will assist better wound management and help improve patient outcome.

  49. Is the length of time in acute burn surgery associated with poorer outcomes?Lim J, Chan H, Liew, Edgar D, Wood F. Burns. Published ahead of print, Jan 2014.   

    TRIP: Regardless of total burn surface area and type of surgery, time in surgery predicts outcome and length of stay in hospital.

  50. Sexuality, body image and relationships following burns: Analysis of BSHS-B outcome measures. Burns.Connell K, Phillips M, Coates R, Doherty-Poirier M, Wood F.  Published ahead of print, Feb 2014.

    TRIP: Burn survivors experience adverse psychological and psychosocial changes in sexuality, body image and relationship participation. These changes did not improve over time, regardless of good physical recovery.

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