Treat Major Burns

Important Information

Third degree burns involve all layers of the skin even underlying tissues

These serious burns are often painless due to the nerve destruction usually appearing as charred black or dry and white areas

Patients with third degree burns; second degree burns that cover more than 1% of the body surface area; first degree burns that cover over 5% of the body surface area; burns to the hands, feet, face or genitals, mixed degree burns, burns extending around a limb or burns on children, should go to Hospital

Patient Care; Major Burns

STOP - Assess and observe the scene; Where is the heat source?
THINK - Consider your safety and form action plan; Is the patient's clothing or surroundings still on fire or hot?
ACT - Check responsiveness and Alert EMS

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