Lochaitis (1992) Hydrotherapy (bath therapy) as a treatment option for burns


Hydrotherapy means both immersion in a tub and showers in running warm water, provided these procedures contribute to the healing process. In our Department we use bath therapy starting on day 3-5 post-burn, when patients have overcome initial shock and their general condition has stabilized. In most cases nurses and physicians are present. The tub water is usually not salinized but sterilized, while ordinary (tap) water is used for showers. This study covering a total of 200 patients, over a period of 2 years (1989-1991), has the purpose of codifying the results of our long experience in this field, and stresses the advantages and shortcomings of this method compared to other studies in the literature.