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For all types of minor burn injuries, the goal of initial treatment is to minimize the extent of the burn, clean the wound, and address pain. The burn surface should be cooled with running tap water. Although superficial burns do not require dressings, advanced dressings should be used for partial-thickness burns to promote reepithelization and protect the wound. Patients with full-thickness burns should be immediately referred to a burn center.
Most burn injuries can be managed on an outpatient basis by primary care physicians. Prevention efforts can significantly lower the incidence of burns, especially in children. Burns should be managed in the same manner as any other trauma, including a primary and secondary survey. Superficial burns ...
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Burns often happen unexpectedly and have the potential to cause death, lifelong disfigurement and dysfunction. A critical part of burn management is assessing the depth and extent of injury. Burns are now commonly classified as superficial, superficial partial thickness, deep partial thickness and f...