Treatments of Burns Summary

When treating a casualty with a burn, you need to remember:

  • Estimate the size and degree of the burn.
  • Cool the burn using fresh (preferably running) water within the first 10 minutes for at least 10 minutes.
  • Keep the casualty warm. Cooling a large burnt area for a long time it can cause the risk of inducing hypothermia.
  • Note the time of the burn
  • Dress the burn with a sterile dressing that won’t stick (such as cling film)
  • Remove any constricting items such as rings, watches and jewellery. Carefully remove clothing
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