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Pain assessment, management and sedation

Most burn injuries are extremely painful, so burn patients need adequate pain treatment. Burn pain varies but is often very severe, especially the first few days post-injury. Pain is subjective, and in the acute phase, it is commonly overlooked by doctors for various reasons. It is important to pay attention to pain – to assess and manage it – for a burn wound patient.

General management of burns patients after 24 hours

Burn patients require different care and treatment as their wounds change and heal. After the first 24-48 hours after the burn injury – called the ‘ebb phase’ – the patient enters what is known as the ‘flow phase’. Here you can find information about patient care, including pain management, fluid balance, respiration, nutrition and psychological support.