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July 18, 2019  

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  • Third-Degree Burn (Full Thickness Burn)

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    Immediate Care for burns resulting from thermal heat, scald, or surface contact:

    • Call 911.
    • First, stop the burning process or remove the person from the source of injury. If clothing is on fire, make the patient stop, drop and roll.
    • Remove all clothing, which can seal heat into the skin. However, if clothing is stuck to the skin, do not remove it. Avoid tearing intact skin.
    • Place burned area under cool water, or pour cool water over burns, for several minutes. Avoid placing ice on the skin as can worsen the burn.
    • Remove any jewelry, tight clothing or belts; especially remove anything around the neck.
    • Cover burns with a clean sheet or cloth. Avoid applying creams, ointments or butter to wounds—this can worsen the burn, or lead to infection.
    • Keep the person warm; avoid administering any fluids.

    For electrical wounds:

    • Call 911.
    • Do not touch the person who is contact with electricity, you will become injured if you do so.
    • Disconnect the source of power or call the power company for assistance.
    • Once it is safe to approach the person, begin standard CPR. Check the airways for signs of breathing and respiration, and assess for other injuries

    For chemical wounds:

    • Call 911.
    • Flush the area with water. Remove clothing before flushing with water.
    • If the person wears contact lenses, remove them before irrigation.
    • Avoid dispersing chemical to parts of the body not contaminated by the chemical.
    • Consult a poison control center for further treatment.

    Last updated: 23-Feb-07

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