WHASA consensus document on the management of acute burns

  • Alan D Rogers
  • Maria Gattorno Giaquinto-Cilliers
  • Alan D Widgerow
  • Hiske Smart
  • Saleigh Adams
  • Liljana Delectic
  • Liz Wilson-Chandler
  • Adelin Muganza
  • Thabo Mokhobo
  • Heinz Rode University of Cape Town
  • Joy Brache
  • Catherine Reyes-Gloria
  • B Bouwer
  • Paayal Seechoonparsad
  • B Innes
Keywords: WHASA consensus document, management acute burns


Burns are among the most common and devastating forms of trauma. Increased morbidity and mortality accompany thermal injury, and survival is dependent on the correct assessment and management. Although acute treatment regimens and dressing selection have evolved to improve outcomes, deep burn injuries often leave patients with considerable cosmetic and functional disabilities, which may lead to a lifetime of challenges. Patients with major burns should be referred to a burn unit or multidisciplinary centre where the primary objective is to care for burn patients and to optimise their outcomes. Such centres comprise teams of specialist burn surgeons, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietitians, social workers and nursing staff, as well as other consultants, who all strive to obtain rapid wound closure and return burn survivors to a functional and well adapted life.

Author Biographies

Alan D Rogers
MD Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Maria Gattorno Giaquinto-Cilliers
MD Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Alan D Widgerow
MD Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Hiske Smart
RN Project Coordinator and Registered Nurse
Saleigh Adams
MD Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Liljana Delectic
RN Wound Practitioner and Registered Nurse
Liz Wilson-Chandler
RN Wound Practitioner and Registered Nurse
Adelin Muganza
MD General Surgeon
Thabo Mokhobo
RN Nurse Educator and Registered Nurse
Heinz Rode, University of Cape Town
MD Paediatric Surgeon
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