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Remote assessment of burns 

Remote assessment of burns
Remote assessment of burns

Sophie Pope-Jones

and William Dickson

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date: 24 January 2021

More than 90% of burns can be managed as outpatients by non-specialists e.g. emergency departments, minor injury units and general practice. Outpatient management in supportive home environments aims to reduce unnecessary admissions and improve cost effectiveness without compromising quality of care. This chapter discusses the definition of minor burns, assessment and selection of patients for outpatient management, treatment options, complications, when to admit and typical follow up arrangements. However, since research into burn injuries has largely focused on burns requiring inpatient resuscitation, high level evidence on which to base robust recommendations is limited. This chapter, therefore, summarizes the authors’ practice, widely accepted practice and existing evidence for consideration and does not constitute dogmatic recommendations.

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