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page is intended to provide individuals with general information
pertaining to fire related burns and burn treatment.
The type of treatment
a burn victim receives depends on the degree of the burn and how
he/she got it. If you judge the burn to be serious, then it is imperative
that you either take the victim to the hospital yourself or that you call
911. While you wait for the paramedics to arrive, there is some burn treatment
that you can administer.
burn treatment consists of the following steps:
- Remove clothing
from the injured area. If any clothing sticks or adheres to the skin,
simply cut around it and leave it in place for the paramedics to deal
- Keep the patient
covered since there is a tendency for the victim to get the chills which
could eventually lead to shock.
Dressing or bandages
for burns come in various forms (cotton gauze or synthetic bandages) and
which kind to use depends on the type of burn wound.
They have three
- Protect against
- Reduce the loss
- Provide some comfort
Other things to
remember regarding burn treatment:
should be grease and oil free.
- Do not break
any blisters intentionally. When a blister opens on its own, pat antibiotic
ointment on it and cover with a dressing.
- Any bandage applied
should be loose so as to prevent any pressure on the burned surface
and to allow for any swelling which may occur.
- Remove any jewelry
from a burned area
- Do not put ice
on the burn because it will damage the skin and can lead to frostbite.