First aid and treatment of minor burns
BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7454.1487 (Published 17 June 2004)
Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1487
Jackie Hudspith, clinical nurse lead, Sukh Rayatt, specialist registrar, plastic and reconstructive surgery
Some 250 000 burns occur annually in the United Kingdom. About 90% of these are minor and can be safely managed in primary care. Most of these will heal regardless of treatment, but the initial care can have a considerable influence on the cosmetic outcome. All burns should be assessed by taking an adequate history and examination.