Thermal injury is a devastating injury, not only for the immediate concern of risk of loss of life and extreme pain, but in the long term cosmetic and functional issues. As a means of improving the treatment and outcomes of these patients, the Burns Unit at RBWH, one of the largest in Australia, has instituted a large number of studies investigating initial cardiac function, management of pain, antibiotic efficacy, nutrition issues, exercise post burns, prevention of heterotopic ossificans.  With increased collaboration with other burns units in Australia, improvement in both the survival and health outcomes of burns patients will be achieved.

Current projects

  • Improving donor site epithelisation and scar maturation times following split skin grafting in burns patients:  a novel research study using compression therapy. Rudd M, Spermon M, Muller M.
  • Is transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) useful in the management of donor site pain and improvement of function following a split skin graft? Puglisi M, Plaza A, Muller M, Mellor R.
  • Diagnostic markers of sepsis in burns. Paratz J, Boots R, Paterson D, Lipman J, Muller M.
  • Myocardial function post-burn injury. Paratz J, Lipman J, Boots R, Muller M, Rudd M, Deans R, Widdicombe N, Parsonage W
  • Indirect Calorimetry to monitor changes in energy requirements of adult burn patients.  Forbes S, Ash C, Muller M, Paratz J, Rudd M, Lipman 
  • Inhalation Injury. Paratz J, Boots R, Hegde R, Pang G, Younger J.
  • Does using the Nintendo Wii (Sports and Fit programs) aid in the rehabilitation of patients with burn injuries? Hoskin B, Plaza A, Joffe A, Choy N, Muller M, Rudd M
  • Improving the physical and psychological healing of children with burns and trauma. Kimble R, Upton Z, Kenardy J, Cuttle L, Paratz J, Watt K.
  • IMPACT - Improving Psychological health And decreasing Cardiovascular risk in patients post burns. Paratz J, Druery M, Plaza A, Cohen J, Muller M, Stockton K, Younger J
  • Are burns patients at increased risk of cardiovascular disease? Paratz J, Paul S, Younger J, Cohen J, Muller M.
  • Measurement of skin donor site healing with clinical assessment, high resolution ultrasound and transepidermal water loss. Brown J, Muller M, Miller J, O'Donoghue S, Towsey K.
  • Prevention of burn injury - the neural correlates of risk-taking behaviour.   Muller M, Dulhunty J, Paratz J, Harrison J, Redman B, Burianová H, Reutens D. Funder: RBWH Foundation
  • Reversing Metabolic Changes Post Burn Injury. Flores O, Paratz J, Stockton K, Muller M, Brown J, Younger J. Funder: Becas Chile program, CONICYT, Chilean government.
  • Inhalation and right heart failure in burns. Paratz J, Boots R, Muller M, Hedge R. 
  • Mortality in burns survivors. Paratz J, Younger J, Paul S, Stockton K. 
  • Quality of life outcomes post-major burns injuries in adults—a longitudinal exploratory study. Druery M. Funder: RBWH Foundation—Red Blanket Funding; Professor Stuart Pegg Adult Burns Centre, RBWH Scholarship 
  • Burn prevention, an advertising campaign utilizing functional MRI. Muller M, Paratz J, Reutens D, Burianova H, Hulhunty J. 
  • Microcirculation as an endpoint to burn resuscitation. Paratz J, Muller M, Boots R.