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Assessment of burn injury in the accident and emergency department: a review of 100 referrals to a regional burns unit.

By J. H. Laing, B. D. Morgan and R. Sanders


Accurate assessment of the extent of thermal injury in the accident and emergency (A&E) department is essential if appropriate resuscitation and referral to a specialist unit is to occur. However, review of 100 referrals to a regional burns unit confirms that assessment is often inaccurate, and usually undertaken by no one more senior than a casualty officer, leading to suboptimal treatment and referral. Severe thermal injury should be assessed by a team of senior doctors, according to the major trauma protocol, and casualty officers should receive better training in the assessment of less extensive burns

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Publisher: Royal College of Surgeons of England
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