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What should you do to treat a third-degree burn?

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Call 911, then protect the burned area. To do so:

  • Cover loosely with a sterile, nonstick bandage or, for large areas, a sheet or other material that that won’t leave lint in the wound.
  • Separate burned toes and fingers with dry, sterile dressings.
  • Do not soak burn in water or apply ointments or butter, which can cause infection.

From: Thermal Burns Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: “Mass Casualties: Burns.”

Family Doctor: “First Aid: Burns.”

Subbarao, I. , Random House Reference, 2009. AMA Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Care

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Hot Tips: First Aid for Burns.”

Merck Manual: “Burns.”

New York-Presbyterian: “Burns.”

Thermal Burns Information from eMedicineHealth

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 29, 2017

SOURCES:

CDC: “Mass Casualties: Burns.”

Family Doctor: “First Aid: Burns.”

Subbarao, I. , Random House Reference, 2009. AMA Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Care

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Hot Tips: First Aid for Burns.”

Merck Manual: “Burns.”

New York-Presbyterian: “Burns.”

Thermal Burns Information from eMedicineHealth

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 29, 2017

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