Emergency management of burns: part 2

Emergency management of burns: part 2

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

Infrequent presentation of this patient group to emergency departments can cause stress and anxiety to front-line clinicians when they are faced with patients with a traumatic burn injury. Assessment relies on accurate evaluation of burn aetiology, size and depth, and initial management is directly responsible for patients’ outcomes and quality of life.

This is the second article in a two-part series that gives an overview of the minimum standard of care in burns first aid, and highlights the likely challenges in assessment of burn depth and size. The aim of the two articles is to enhance emergency clinicians’ knowledge and confidence in burn management, and to build awareness of the life-changing implications of the initial clinical interventions in burn care.

Emergency Nurse. doi: 10.7748/en.2018.e1815


Stiles K (2018) Emergency management of burns: part 2. Emergency Nurse. doi: 10.7748/en.2018.e1815

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software



Conflict of interest

None declared

Published online: 03 July 2018

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