Burns: a comprehensive assessment and treatment approach

  • Maria Gattorno Giaquinto-Cilliers Kimberley Hospital Burns Unit
  • R S Hartnick Kimberley Hospital Burns Unit
  • P A Cloete Kimberley Hospital Burns Unit
  • J Kotze Kimberley Hospital Burns Unit
Keywords: burns, assessment, treatment

Abstract

Burn injuries evoke a systemic body response that may lead to an immediate high mortality rate in the absence of adequate initial management. There are few burn units in South Africa with a multi-professional team and resources to treat the burn patient. The lack of exposure of young doctors to this injury contributes to inadequate initial assessment, management and proper transfer to the referral units. The approach to the burn patient should follow well established guidelines. Greater divulgation of the guidelines is necessary to improve the management of, and to ensure better outcomes for, the victims of burn injuries.

Author Biographies

Maria Gattorno Giaquinto-Cilliers, Kimberley Hospital Burns Unit
MD (Brazil) Specialist in Plastic Surgery and Head Kimberley Hospital Burns Unit Northern Cape RSA
R S Hartnick, Kimberley Hospital Burns Unit
MBChB Medical Officer Kimberley Hospital Burns Unit
P A Cloete, Kimberley Hospital Burns Unit
MBChB Medical Officer Kimberley Hospital Burns Unit
J Kotze, Kimberley Hospital Burns Unit
MBChB Medical Officer Kimberley Hospital Burns Unit
Published
2014-07-30
Section
General Review