Management of major burns in the emergency department
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Management of major burns in the emergency department

Gabby Rowley-Conwy Staff nurse, Burn Unit, King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

A burn can be categorised as a major trauma injury, and assessment and management should follow the advanced trauma life support (ATLS) principles. This article aims to identify specific considerations during ATLS assessment of a patient with a major burn in the emergency department. Guidance on stabilisation and referral of the patient to the regional burns centre is provided.

Nursing Standard. 27, 33,62-68. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.04.27.33.62.e7338

Correspondence

rowleyconwyga@ngha.med.sa

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 02 November 2012

Accepted: 07 December 2012