Parkland Formula for Burn Fluid Resuscitation

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Formula: burnFluid = 4 * TBSA * weight

The Parkland formula is used to calculate the amount of fluid required for the first 24 hours after a burn to ensure adequate resuscitation. The formula is: burnFluid = 4 mL/kg * TBSA%, where TBSA stands for Total Body Surface Area affected by the burn (expressed as a percentage), and weight is the weight of the patient in kilograms. The calculated fluid is typically Ringer's lactate and the total amount is administered over the course of 24 hours, with half of the total volume given in the first 8 hours and the remainder over the following 16 hours. This formula is critical in managing patients with significant burn injuries to prevent complications such as hypovolemic shock.

Tags: Emergency Medicine, Burns, Resuscitation, Medicine, Parkland Formula