Principles of infection management in community-based burns care
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Principles of infection management in community-based burns care

Richard White Professor of tissue viability, University of Worcester.
Beverley Swales Burns educator, Yorkshire and Humber.
Martyn Butcher Independent tissue viability and wound care consultant, Devon.

The development of infection in a burn can lead to poor healing outcomes and possibly sepsis. Although most patients with burns treated in the primary care setting are unlikely to develop life-threatening infections, clinicians would still benefit from an understanding of the factors that may increase the risk of infection, signs and symptoms of infection, and when to seek specialist advice.

Nursing Standard. 27, 2,64-68. doi: 10.7748/ns2012.09.27.2.64.s53

Correspondence

m.butcher_woundcare@hotmail.com

Conflict of interest

This article was supported by Mölnlycke Health Care

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review