Major burns are defined as (1) partial-thickness burns greater than 25 percent BSA in the 10- to 50-year-old age group; (2) partial-thickness burns greater than 20 percent BSA in children under 10 or adults over 50; (3) full-thickness burns of greater than 10 percent BSA in anyone; (4) burns involving the hands, face, feet, or perineum; (5) burns crossing major joints; (6) circumferential burns of an extremity; (7) burns complicated by inhalation injury; (8) electrical burns; (9) burns complicated by fractures or other trauma; (10) burns in infants and the elderly; and (11) and burns in poor-risk patients.
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