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Find information on how common burns are, how to prevent them, what causes burns and what happens to the body when they occur.

How to prevent burn injury

The best approach to burns is to prevent them from happening in the first place. There are a number of prevention strategies and recommendations for adults and children that effectively reduce burn risk.

Phases of burn wound healing

The way a burn wound heals depends on many factors, including its cause (etiology), pathophysiology, infection and treatment. Burn wounds heal differently from trauma wounds in various ways, and therefore treatment is different.

Etiology: types of burn injuries

Most burn injuries happen at work or at home, particularly in the kitchen. The cause determines the type of burn injury and may vary depending on the age of the patient. Here you can explore the causes of different types of burn injuries: thermal, chemical and electrical.

Pathophysiology: What happens in burn injury?

It is important to understand what happens to the skin and the body after a burn in order to treat the injury properly. When you provide the right emergency care quickly and effectively, the patient’s wound has a better chance of healing.

Epidemiology: How common are burn injuries & deaths?

Burn injuries are a major global health problem. It is essential to understand their epidemiology in order to direct burn prevention programs. Burn injuries are among the top 15 leading contributors to the burden of disease worldwide. Burn survivors have the burden of temporary or permanent disability and economic hardship, for both the victim and the family.