Burns – Clinical Pathway

Holidays are busy times for everyone, including emergency departments. Maybe it?s the rushing around during preparation or too many people in the kitchen, but inevitably someone gets hurt and burns are among the top injuries seen in the ED during the Thanksgiving holidays.

Thermal burn injuries are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. In addition to treatment of the burns, emergency clinicians must assess for inhalation injury, exposure to toxic gases, and related traumatic injuries.

Priorities for emergency resuscitation include stabilization of airway and breathing, intravenous fluid administration, pain control, and local wound care. Special populations, including children and pregnant women, require additional treatment considerations. Referral to specialized burn care for select patients is necessary to improve long-term outcomes.

This pathway outlines evidence-based treatment strategies for treating thermal burn injuries in the ED.

Clinical Pathway for Management of Burns in the Emergency Department

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Last Updated on June 12, 2022

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