Assessing & managing burn injuries


"For best patient outcomes partial-thickness burns should be properly managed in non-specialist centres, with referrals to burns units being reserved for appropriate cases.

...However, the identification of appropriate referrals can sometimes be problematic, and the clinical management of partial-thickness burns by non-specialists can have variable results."1

There is some agreement on the management of superficial burns and full-thickness burns, but partial-thickness burns, and in particular those of mixed depth, present a greater challenge in defining the optimal treatment.2

The healthcare professional who is not a burn specialist needs to be able to:

  • Assess the injury
  • Provide rapid and optimum management of the burn
  • Identify appropriate cases for referral to specialist burns units

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