Learn How To Calculate Fluid Resuscitation for Burns

How To Calculate Fluid Resuscitation for Burns - Example, Formula

Definition:

The parkland formula is used to find the amount of resuscitation fluid needed for the first 24 hours in a victim who is injured of burns.This tutorial explains you how to calculate the amount of fluid required for a patient with burns.

Formula:

Amount of fluid required in 24 hours (L) = (4 x Patient's weight (kg) x Percent body surface area (BSA) involved in burns) / 1000
Example :

A 50kg man has approximately 40% of his total body surface area involved in the burn. Calculate the amount of fluid required in 24 hours for him.

To Find,

Amount of resuscitation fluid needed

Solution:

Substitute the values in the given formula,

Amount of fluid required in 24 hours (L) = (4 x Patient's weight (kg) x Percent body surface area (BSA) involved in burns) / 1000
= 4 x 50 x 40 / 1000
= 8000 / 1000
= 8 litres

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