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Burn wound dressings 

Burn wound dressings
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Burn wound dressings
Author(s):

Joseph Hardwicke

and Naiem Moiemen

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199699537.003.0017
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date: 27 September 2020

The ultimate goal for all burns is to allow the wound to heal with the least amount of scarring, and this is directly related to the depth of burn injury. Superficial partial thickness burns and deeper burns of small area can be treated by suitable dressings alone and this is probably the most widely applied form of treatment for burns. Burns that are selected for treatment by dressings alone, or in combination with surgical debridement and skin grafting, require regular monitoring, both clinically and microbiologically. Modern dressings may allow a longer interval between dressing changes, but this should not be sacrificed in favour of regular review. If wound healing progresses at the expected rate, then the comfort afforded by fewer changes of dressings is advantageous, but the poorly progressing wound should be treated aggressively with a custom-designed dressing which can be tailored for the individual needs of the patient.

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