Assessment and management of patients with burns
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Assessment and management of patients with burns

Martyn Butcher Independent tissue viability and wound care consultant, Devon.
Beverley Swales Burns educator, Yorkshire and Humber.

Burns are a common injury in the UK. Most burns are limited in size and depth and are therefore suitable for management in the community. Primary care and non-specialist clinicians need to understand initial assessment of the burn and when referral to a specialist burns unit is indicated. Successful treatment of minor burns and ongoing care of severe burns in the community requires careful selection of dressings to support wound healing and achieve optimal outcomes for patients.

Nursing Standard. 27, 2, 50-56. doi: 10.7748/ns2012.


Conflict of interest

This article was supported by Mölnlycke Health Care

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review