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Escharotomy & fasciotomy: Acute burn surgery

Following a full thickness burn, pressure on the underlying tissue may increase due to the skin shrinking and an edema forming. In the acute setting, a surgical procedure can alleviate this pressure: an escharotomy (an incision to the depth of the subcutaneous fat) or a fasciotomy (an incision through the deeper underlying fascial layers).

Burn wound depth assessment & classification

Accurate classification of burn depth is essential to determine the healing potential and the need for surgical treatment. Accurate classification may be difficult as most […]

Secondary survey in children

When you have excluded or addressed life-threatening conditions in the primary survey of your pediatric patient, continue with a secondary survey. This involves taking the patient’s history and assessing the wound.

Secondary survey: assessing a patient with burns

When you have excluded or addressed life-threatening conditions in the primary survey, continue with a secondary survey. This involves taking the patient’s history and assessing the wound.

Primary survey: ABCDEF

You should conduct the primary survey for every adult burn patient. The order of assessment is designed to ensure that the most life-threatening issues are treated first. It is therefore vital you follow the process in order, even if the burn injury distracts you from other injuries.