Emergency management of burns: part 1

Emergency management of burns: part 1

Kristina Stiles Network lead nurse, London and South East of England Burn Network, Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, East Grinstead, England

Caring for patients with burn injuries can be traumatic for staff. Non-specialist clinicians in emergency departments are often the first point of contact for patients with burn injuries and their families. Lack of burns education, exacerbated by infrequent presentations, can add to front-line clinicians’ stress and anxiety. Assessment relies on accurate evaluation of burn aetiology, and the size and depth of the injuries, and initial management is directly responsible for patients’ outcomes and quality of life. This is the first article in a two-part series that highlights the criteria and process of referral to a specialist burn service and gives an overview of the challenges posed by the burn mechanism and subsequent unique treatment considerations. The aim of the two articles is to enhance emergency clinicians’ knowledge and confidence in burn management, and to build awareness of the clinical guidance and support available via the specialist burn service providers.

Emergency Nurse. doi: 10.7748/en.2018.e1623


Stiles K (2018) Emergency management of burns: Part 1. Emergency Nurse. doi: 10.7748/en.2018.e1623

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Conflict of interest

None declared

Published online: 27 April 2018

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