First aid: superficial burns refresherCreated by:
A little burns first aid refresher: Firstly, cool running water should be applied to the burn for at least 20 minutes. Cooling and the application of an occlusive dressing will minimise the pain associated with partial thickness burns. Oral analgesics can be taken for short-term pain management. The size, depth and location of the wound; the presence of oedema and blisters; as well as the patient’s social circumstances, age and health status all need to be assessed to determine whether they can be managed at home or require hospital care.
I am curious to know how other health professionals are treating superficial and partial thickness thermal burns. One of our doctors was told by the burns unit that Silvazine (Silver sulfadiazine) cream is not ideal anymore. An article from Australia has supported this statement, suggesting that it is associated with delayed healing when used in management of partial thickness wounds. What are your thoughts on using Silvazine cream for burns? I would also like to extend this question and ask what other dressings have you found useful for management?