Wounds: an overlooked burden (Part 4) – Burn wounds: a searing situation

Keywords: burn wounds, burn injuries, burn severity, burn treatment, burn depth, referral

Abstract

Burn injuries are a leading cause of deformities and death globally, and in developing countries, the recurrence of burn incidents increases the financial burden on health systems. Appropriate management of burn wounds with timeous referral of patients to burn wound experts must be prioritised to facilitate recovery and prevent complications. This article describes common characteristics of burn wounds based on their aetiology and severity to help the treating clinician determine the appropriate treatment protocol to be applied. Treatment strategies according to burn wound aetiology have been summarised into downloadable reference tables for use in everyday practice.

Author Biographies

H Parkar, University of Pretoria

Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa

S S Mlambo, University of Pretoria

Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa

F A Bruwer, Life Roseacres Hospital

Independent Wound Care Specialist, Life Roseacres Hospital, South Africa

A D Cromarty, University of Pretoria

Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Published
2021-10-25
Section
Review