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
Received: 02 November 2012
Accepted: 07 December 2012
Published in print: 17 April 2013Peer review
This article has been subject to double blind peer review