An introduction to burns

Burns are common.

Most are minor and are managed in the community or accident and emergency departments, but some can be devastating to the patient.  1

Partial thickness burns are rarely life-threatening but morbidity can be extensive,2 and the focus of management should be improved outcomes.3

Partial-thickness burns can be associated with:

  • Pain - in some cases severe
  • Increased risk of infection
  • Scarring and functional impairment3
  • Psychological trauma for the patient2,3


  • Avoid infection
  • Reduce pain
  • Promote effective wound healing
  • Minimise scarring and psychological trauma
  • Restore or replace damaged skin and normal movement



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