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.
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.