South African Burn Society burn stabilisation protocol

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Peer-Reviewed Research
  • SDG 16
  • SDG 5
  • Abstract:

    Minimal criteria for transfer to a burn centre (Modified from the Australian and New Zealand Burn Association (ANZBA) protocol) Burn injury patients who should be referred to a burn unit include the following: • All burn patients less than 1 year of age • All burn patients from 1 - 2 years of age with burns > 5% total body surface area (TBSA) • Patients in any age group with third-degree burns of any size • Patients older than 2 years with partial-thickness burns greater than 10% TBSA • Patients with burns of special areas – face, hands, feet, genitalia, perineum or major joints • Patients with electrical burns, including lightning burns • Chemical burn patients • Patients with inhalation injury resulting from fire or scald burns • Patients with circumferential burns of the limbs or chest • Burn injury patients with pre-existing medical disorders that could complicate management, prolong recovery or affect mortality • Any patient with burns and concomitant trauma • Paediatric burn cases where child abuse is suspected • Burn patients with treatment requirements exceeding the capabilities of the referring centre • Septic burn wound cases.