Thermal Scald Burn

  • Danya Reich
  • Corinna Eleni Psomadakis
  • Bobby Buka
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Abstract

A 39-year-old female patient presented to the Primary Care clinic for treatment of a burn injury she sustained while transferring a boiling pot of water. Over one million burn injuries occur in the USA annually, the majority of which are minor burns that are treated on an outpatient basis. The management of burn injuries depends on the site of injury and thickness of the wound. This patient’s burn was classified as a partial-thickness burn, which involves the epidermis and part of the dermis. Partial-thickness burns tend to blister initially, eventually become moist and weeping, and typically resolve within 7–21 days. Partial-thickness burns are treated with topical antibiotics and non-adherent dressing, such as hydrogel dressing. Burn wounds should be reevaluated after a week to ensure proper healing without signs of infection or cellulitis.

Keywords

Burn Scald Blister Cellulitis Partial-thickness Full-thickness Thermoregulation Hydrogel Hydrocolloid Dressing Topical antibiotic 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Danya Reich
    • 1
  • Corinna Eleni Psomadakis
    • 2
  • Bobby Buka
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Family MedicineMount Sinai School of Medicine Attending Mount Sinai Doctors/Beth Israel Medical Group-WilliamsburgBrooklynUSA
  2. 2.School of Medicine Imperial College LondonLondonUK
  3. 3.Department of DermatologyMount Sinai School of MedicineNew YorkUSA

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