Assessment of burn injuries
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Assessment of burn injuries

Steve Harulow Senior staff nurse, burns and plastic surgery unit, The Middlesex Hospital

Steve Harulow offers guidance to enable A&E nurses further improve the quality and accuracy of burns assessment and treatment

Burn injuries are a common form of trauma presenting in accident and emergency departments. At one extreme is the minor skin damage that most of us have sustained in daily activity. At the other is the less common, but more devastating and complex assault on the body’s vital organs and systems (1). The severity of injury is determined by a combination of:

Emergency Nurse. 2, 4, 19-22. doi: 10.7748/en.2.4.19.s5

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