Treating cement burns in the emergency department
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Treating cement burns in the emergency department

Anthony Summers Nurse practitioner, Redlands Hospital, Queensland, Australia

Anthony Summers outlines how nurse practitioners can diagnose alkaline burns in people who have had prolonged contact with cement

Use of cement is widespread in the UK and warnings about burns caused by contact with the material are usually printed on bags and delivery dockets. Nevertheless, about 2 per cent of people admitted to burns units have injuries, many serious, caused by prolonged contact with wet cement. This article explores the pathophysiology of cement burns, and outlines the best forms of treatment and prevention.

Emergency Nurse. 20, 10, 30-31. doi: 10.7748/en2013.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 13 October 2012

Accepted: 28 November 2012