Intensive care of children with burn injuries and the role of the multidisciplinary team
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Intensive care of children with burn injuries and the role of the multidisciplinary team

Augusto Biasini Paediatric consultant and Neonatal intensive care unit, Maurizio Bufalini Hospital, Cesena, Italy
Marco Biasini Foundation doctor in plastics and reconstructive surgery, Regional Burns Centre, Maurizio Bufalini Hospital, Cesena, Italy
Marcello Stella Paediatric and neonatal intensive care unit, Maurizio Bufalini Hospital, Cesena, Italy

Augusto Biasini and colleagues outline the stages of care and recommended approaches required when caring for a young patient with traumatic injury

Trauma from burns and scalds in children is more common and more damaging than in adults, and may indicate abuse. The main goal of intensive care of an acute burn is to limit the extent of the systemic insult. Effective treatment of such acute physiological changes requires experienced monitoring by multidisciplinary teams, following appropriate emergency protocols at specialised burn centres in cases of major trauma. First aid involves maintaining a patent airway, supporting circulation and respiration, arresting the burning, managing pain and distress, reducing infection and considering transfer to specialist care. Advances in techniques and treatment have increased survival rates and ultimate quality of life, but education and prevention programmes are still required at all levels to reduce the incidence of burns among children.

Nursing Children and Young People. 26, 9, 27-30. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.26.9.27.e503

Correspondence

marco.biasini87@gmail.com

Peer review

This article has been subject to open peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 23 January 2014

Accepted: 05 September 2014

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