How to manage a minor burn
Intended for healthcare professionals
Evidence & Practice    

How to manage a minor burn

Gabrielle Rowley-Conwy Clinical skills tutor, Swansea University, Swansea, Wales.
Rationale and key points

This article outlines the technique for dressing a minor burn. The nurse should be aware of national burn care referral guidance, and have the knowledge and skills to establish the severity and extent of a burn. The nurse should also be able to determine whether referral to a regional specialist centre is required.

The extent and severity of a burn determines its ongoing management.

The burn wound requires regular evaluation, since its appearance and management needs can change over time.

Competence in general wound care is essential for nurses undertaking this procedure.

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Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2016.e10562


Peer review

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Received: 10 May 2016

Accepted: 22 June 2016

Published online: 12 July 2016

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