A review of first aid treatments for burn injuries

Cuttle, L., Pearn, J., McMillan, J. R., & Kimble, R. M. (2009) A review of first aid treatments for burn injuries. Burns, 35(6), pp. 768-75.

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Throughout history there have been many different and sometimes bizarre treatments prescribed for burns. Unfortunately many of these treatments still persist today, although they often do not have sufficient evidence to support their use. This paper reviews common first aid and pre-hospital treatments for burns (water--cold or warm, ice, oils, powders and natural plant therapies), possible mechanisms whereby they might work and the literature which supports their use. From the published work to date, the current recommendations for the first aid treatment of burn injuries should be to use cold running tap water (between 2 and 15 degrees C) on the burn, not ice or alternative plant therapies.

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ID Code: 67202
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Cuttle, Leila
Pearn, John
McMillan, James R
Kimble, Roy M
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
2009/03/10 09:00
Burns. 2009 Sep;35(6):768-75. doi: 10.1016/j.burns.2008.10.011. Epub 2009 Mar 9.
Keywords: Burns/*therapy, Cryotherapy/methods, First Aid/*methods, Humans, Medicine, Traditional, Oils/therapeutic use, Phytotherapy/methods
DOI: 10.1016/j.burns.2008.10.011
ISSN: 0305-4179
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Biomedical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Pergamon.
Deposited On: 27 Feb 2014 03:05
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2014 04:08

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