Home First Aid

Week 2

Burns Continued

As we can see from the diagrams above. Burns to children are worse than those to adults. Remember the rule from last week, If the patient is an adult with more than 20% burns they must go to hospital and a child with 10% or more must go as well. If a patient is not severely burnt but has black soot marks around the nose and or the mouth they should seek medical advice as they develop breathing difficulties. Remember when you are in doubt ALWAYS seek medical advice urgently.

There are 3 classifications of burns.

1. Superficial (Reddening to the Skin) not much pain is felt i.e. a scold from dry heat or steam.

2. Partial Thickness (usually form blisters) pain is prominent. NEVER POP BLISTERS

3. Full Thickness (Burns down to the bone) there is no pain felt in the center of the wound as there will be severe nerve damage, but around the wound the patient will have Superficial as well as Partial thickness wounds.

Any open wound even from burns (were the skin has been broken) will cause an infection if not treated properly, please refer to our last issue on burns to find the treatment of these wounds.

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