A thermal burn is a type of burn resulting from making contact with heated objects, such as boiling water, steam, hot cooking oil, fire, and hot objects. Scalds are the most common type of thermal burn suffered by children, but for adults thermal burns are most commonly caused by fire. Conditions of thermal burns are a reddened to leathered skin condition; burn site pain; swelling; blistering, sometimes glossy from leaking fluid; skin loss or charring with patches appearing white, brown, or black. Burns are generally classified from first degree to fourth degree. However, thermal burns are most commonly categorized as minor, moderate, and major, based almost solely on the depth and size of the burn. Statistics from the American Burn Association (2015) report 73% of burns occur in the home, with males twice as likely to experience burns than females.

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Evidence-Based Medicine: Wound Management.

Abstract: After reading this article, the participant should be able to: 1. Describe the basic science of chronic wounds. 2. Discuss the general and local factors that should be considered in any patient with a chronic wound. 3. Discuss the rationale of converting a…

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