First Aid for Severe Burn Injury

Catastrophic event risk of fire or explosion causing severe burns and fatal. Prior brought the victim to the hospital, there are some things that can be done to reduce body damage that occurs.

Severe burns or third degree burns are burns destroy all layers of the skin. Prolonged contact with the heat source and burns due to electric shock is the leading cause third degree burns.

By Stanley M. Zildo as quoted from his book 'First Aid, First Aid and How to Correct Handling of Emergency', the symptoms of a third-degree burn wound area looks white, bark crushed and slightly painful because the nerve endings have been damaged.

Some of the actions that can be done if this is the case see:

1. If the victim is still in a state of burning, extinguish the fire using blankets, bed covers, rugs, jackets or other materials. Do not remove clothing attached to the wound.

2. Sometimes victims have difficulty breathing, especially when there are injuries to the neck, face and around the mouth, it could be due to smoke inhalation. Check to make sure the victim can breathe.

3. Attach a damp cloth or cold water to lower the temperature on the injured area. Do not use ice water to the wound in the face, hands and feet because they can cause shock.

4. Close burns with sterile dressings and thick, clean linen, pillowcases, clean diapers or other materials that can be found. But do not use combustible material such as cotton or kapok loss. Do not apply oil or other ingredients in the wound.

5. Immediately call an ambulance. Victims should receive medical attention immediately.