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Burn injuries 

Burn injuries
Chapter:
Burn injuries
Author(s):

Jason Smith

, Ian Greaves

, and Keith M Porter

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199543328.003.0022
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date: 19 September 2019

Burn injuries 384

Assessment of the extent of burn 388

Mortality data 392

Further reading 394

A burn is an injury from thermal, electrical, chemical or radiation energy resulting in the loss of some or all of the layers of the skin.

Burn injury is common, but fortunately most burns are minor and cause only inconvenience. Every year, however, a significant number of patients suffer burns that will have a dramatic effect on the rest of their lives. In the United Kingdom, around 300 people die of burns every year. In less developed countries, death or severe injury from burns is much more common....

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