In this case, the patient, Mr. S who is admitted to the burn center with full-thickness burns over 50% of his body, is an alcoholic. Burns patients who are alcoholics have had a high mortality rate compared to that of nonalcoholics. They were not only found to have a mortality rate three times that of nonalcoholic burns patients (p = 0.001), but most of them also died from comparatively smaller non-serious burns (p less than 0.05). The alcoholic patients who survived needed more IV antibiotics and a longer period of hospitalization. Alcoholic burns patients also have increased susceptibility to infection other than delayed wound healing and a lengthy hospital stay. Considering all these, alcoholism is a major issue in Mr. S’s case preventing a quick recovery.
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