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First Aid For Burns
Written by Administrator
Monday, 15 December 2008 18:39
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First Aid For Burns

Burns are serious injuries and should be treated with care. Read the following steps to
know what to do in case of a burn injury.

* There are 3 main types of burns: 1st degree, 2nd degree, and 3rd degree.

* First degree burns appear red and usually heal quickly.

* Second degree burns usually are associated with blistered skin and redness.

* Third degree burns are associated with whit, brown, red, black, and charred skin. They are also associated with severe blistering of the skin.

* Treat first or second degree burns as followed: Cool the affected area with cool water for 10-15 minutes. This will lower the skin temperature, stop burning, and reduce swelling. DO NOT apply ice.

* Third degree burns are serious and need prompt medical attention. Cool third degree burns only with wet, sterile dressings until medical attention arrives. Lay the victim flat on his or her back and remove burned clothing that is not stuck to the skin. Remove any jewelry and tight clothing around the burned area before swelling sets in. Elevate burned areas if possible. Never put butter, ointments, or grease on the burn.

* Never put butter or any form of grease based ointment on a burn of any type. Grease helps to insulate the skin and causes the skin's temperature high and making the burn hurt more.

* Always seek medical attention in case of a burn.


Information taken from NFPA resources and web site
Last Updated ( Friday, 19 December 2008 21:35 )