Effects of Elevated Blood Alcohol Levels on Burn Patient Outcomes

Salomon Puyana, MD, MS; Samuel Ruiz, MD; Francisco Amador, MD; Elizabeth Young, MSN; Shaikh Hai, MD; Mark McKenney, MD, MBA; Rizal Lim, MD; Haaris Mir, MD


ePlasty. 2021;21(e8) 

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Burn patients who tested above the legal limit for alcohol on admission were associated with increased inpatient mortality, as well as increased ICU LOS and days on a ventilator. A positive admission blood alcohol level may be an independent predictor of worse outcomes, leading to an increase in resource needs and health care costs.