University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository

University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository


Dr. Tom Colletti


In the United States, a fire happens every 24 seconds. Complications of a thermal injury can be a lifelong problem for those who suffer a burn. Knowing how a thermal injury affects the integument can decrease the complications. Treating a burn injury greatly depends on knowing how a thermal injury should be managed during the acute phase. Classification of the Percent and Depth of a burn is crucial for these types of injuries. Ability to differentiate between a major or a minor burn is essential. Communicating with a burn expert for consult has become easier with Telemedicine. The American Burn Association has published criteria for management and referral to a burn center. Knowing what to do prior to EMS arrival is also vital.

Key Words:

Percent of injury, depth or degree of burn injury, complications of burns, referral of burns


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