An overview of acute burn management in the Emergency Centre

Adaira Landry, Heike Geduld, Alex Koyfman, Mark Foran

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Despite the frequency and severity of burns in Low Income Countries, including many in Africa, there is a paucity of research and funding for these populations to aid in prevention, treatment and recovery of burn patients. The objectives of this paper are four-fold. First, by addressing the pathophysiology of burns the reader may strengthen understanding of the clinical progression of burns. Second, through describing proper assessment of burn patients one will learn how to decide if patients can be discharged, admitted or transferred to burn centre. Third, the inclusion of treatments solidifies the steps necessary to manage a patient in a hospital setting. Lastly, the overall goal of the paper, is to raise awareness that more research, publication and funding is required to create a better understanding of burns in Africa and why they continue to be devastating social and economic burdens.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22-29
Number of pages8
JournalAfrican Journal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2013


  • Africa
  • Burn management
  • Burns
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency centre

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Gerontology
  • Emergency
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Critical Care


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