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Acute Management of Burn and Scald Injuries in Adults

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A burn is an injury wherein the skin tissue or eye is partially or completely damaged by heat, cold, electricity, chemicals, gas, friction, bitumen or radiation. A scald is a burn injury caused by a wet agent such as hot water or steam Burns and scalds can vary from minor to potentially fatal.

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Between 2013 and 2014, 5,430 Australians were admitted to hospital for burn injuries, with 16% of these cases being considered a high threat to life. Being able to appropriately manage burns and scalds is essential for all healthcare professionals, particularly those involved in emergency and prehospital care, and those working with older adults.

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Peter Tesoriero
27 Mar 2021
Short article but specific to point and practical.
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Andrea Hogan
04 Apr 2021
First Table difficult to read
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Kathryn Green
26 Mar 2021
Very informative
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Lesley Smith
10 Nov 2021
Great.
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Joelle Sheppard
26 Mar 2021
Very intersting
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Julie Quinn
23 Mar 2021
The information was very informative & relevant. It covered all aspects of caring for burns. A comprehensive article. I enjoyed updating my knowledge
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Kathleen Williams
26 Mar 2021
Succinct and informative
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Paul Strong
03 Apr 2021
Good overview of different types of burns and the treatments. Video was quite helpful.
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Catriona Bantick
30 May 2021
Interesting
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Bernadette McGrath
26 Mar 2021
It will help me make better decisions when looking after burns patients and can help to educate others i work with in this area.it has improved my knowledge of burns.
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