Pour a hot cuppa, stoke the coals, fuel the heater or hug your favourite hot water bottle!
There’s quite a lot about getting warm that involves hot or boiling elements which is why it’s a good time to brush on on your burns first aid.
The severity of a burn can be very deceptive and seemingly small burn injuries can cause a rapid decline in the person’s condition.
It’s critical you understand the basic first aid steps to treat a burn, but particularly which burns and symptoms that require emergency medical treatment…
How to treat a burn in 4 steps
Remove any jewellery or constricting items if possible without causing damage.
DO NOT remove clothing or jewellery that is stuck to the burn.
Cool the burn with room-temperature running water for 20 minutes.
KEEP THE PERSON WARM and look for signs of shock (pale, cold, clammy skin)
Cover with non-adhesive dressing or plastic cling film.
Make sure it won’t stick to the burn!
Call for an ambulance by dialling 000 (in Australia) for…
- Airway burns
- Burns to sensitive areas – face, hands, feet, major joints and private areas
- Burns that penetrate the skin
- Electrical, chemical and cold burns
- Shock symptoms
- Burns to vulnerable people – small children, elderly and those with other medical conditions
- Any burns greater than the size of the victim’s hand
The DO NOTS…
- DO NOT remove any clothing stuck to the burn
- DO NOT use ice or iced water
- DO NOT break blisters or peel skin
- DO NOT apply any lotions, ointments, creams or powders other than hydro-gelsNOTE: Burn Aid gel and other hydrogel products are great for cooling minor burns but are not recommended for significant burns.
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