Determining the Seriousness of a Burn - Topic Overview
The seriousness of a burn is determined by:
- The depth of the burn (first-, second-, third-, or fourth-degree).
- The size of the burn.
- The cause (thermal, electrical, chemical, radiation, or friction).
- The part of the body where the burn occurred.
- The age and health of the burn victim.
- Other injuries.
What to think about
It is important to watch for signs of infection during the healing of any burn.
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November 20, 2015
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