Care tips for thermal burns patients


By Jim Sideras
FireRescue1 columnist

Second degree burns will have blisters that form immediately and appear moist. While a first degree burn does produce immediate blisters, they can appear later.

One of the easiest methods to differentiate a second and third degree burn is the presence of site pain with a second degree burn.

The patient's palm roughly represents 1 percent of their body surface area. This can be useful to determine the area of a burn.

The surface area is different between infants and children when compared to adults. An infant's head has more body surface area than that of an adult.

Remember that Stop, Drop, and Roll is not just for kids. Adults and firefighters need to keep this rule in mind if they ever catch fire.

Train for the event of a firefighter on fire during training evolutions.

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