About Burn Care
The premise and promise of the burn center has been to never turn away a patient in need of specialized burn care. Joseph M. Still Burn Centers, Inc., is unique in many ways, including treating both children and adults to the comprehensive circle of care offered by our medical professionals.
At JMSBC, Inc., the treatment of patients goes beyond their physical burns and wounds. From the expertise of critical care and pediatric intensivists to the consultation of staff psychiatrists, JMSBC, Inc., truly treats the entire patient. We understand that even a small burn can be catastrophic to entire families, and we work hard to lessen the lasting impact of such injuries.
The acute care is often followed by reconstruction as burn scars can be restricting and interfere with a patients lifestyle. This is often a long process requiring years of reconstructive procedures. Therefore, we have a great opportunity to know our patients and connect with them on a level unlike many other specialties.
Many burn centers focus on the acute injury and once the patient is healed refer them to other surgeons to perform their reconstruction. It has been our experience that having the intimate knowledge of what the patient went through in the initial stages helps us to optimize their reconstructive efforts.
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Treating Burns at Home
Most burns occur at home or work, and the proper response is important both to helping the patient and ensuring proper treatment of the injury.
First, stop the burning process by removing the source of the burn. However, do not endanger yourself. For example, do not try to grab a live electrical wire.
The next step is to remove any jewelry or clothing around the burned area. This will help prevent further damage if swelling occurs. If clothing is stuck to the burn site, do not peel it off. Instead, contact emergency services immediately.
For initial treatment of minor burns, run cool tap water over the burn for at least 20 minutes. For more severe burns, seek medical treatment immediately.
It is also important to be able to determine the severity of the burn. Burns usually fall into three categories:
- First Degree Burns - Simple redness. No blistering. Healing takes around 5 days.
- Second Degree Burns- Redness with blistering of the skin. May be accompanied by swelling. Often the most painful kind of burn. Do not pop the blisters. Seek medical treatment.
- Third Degree Burns- Several layers of skin are actually burned away. Skin may have a charred appearance. Burn site usually does not blister due to damage to skin. This burn requires professional medical treatment.
If you do treat the burns at home, there are a few dos & don'ts to keep in mind
- Apply butter, grease, honey or powder
- Use cotton balls or wool to clean a burn
- Apply ice directly to the burn
- Cover the burn with a dry, sterile cloth
- Use ibuprofen for pain management