First aid treatment of burn injuries

Cuttle, Leila & Kimble, Roy M. (2010) First aid treatment of burn injuries. Wound Practice and Research, 18(1), pp. 6-13.

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The recommendations for the first aid treatment of burn injuries have previously been based upon conflicting published studies and as a result the recommendations have been vague with respect to optimal first aid treatment modality, temperature, duration and delay after which treatment is still effective. The public have also continued to use treatments such as ice and alternative therapies, however there is little evidence to support their use. Recently there have been several studies conducted by burn researchers in Australia which have enabled the recommendations to be clarified. First aid should consist of cool running water (2-15°C), applied for 20 minutes duration, as soon as possible but for up to 3 hours after the burn injury has occurred. Ice should not be used and alternative therapies should only be used to relieve pain as an adjunct to cold water treatment. Optimal first aid treatment significantly reduces tissue damage, hastens wound re-epithelialisation and reduces scarring and should be promoted widely to the public.

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ID Code: 67879
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1837-6304
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Biomedical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Deposited On: 27 Feb 2014 04:41
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2014 00:36

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