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J Burn Care Res. 2006 Jan-Feb;27(1):66-81.

Management of blisters in the partial-thickness burn: an integrative research review.

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University of Massachusetts and Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts 01845-4478, USA.

Abstract

Conflicting recommendations and clinical applications have been given concerning best practices for the management of burn blisters associated with partial-thickness burns. Arguments for the preservation of intact blisters center on the idea of naturally occurring biologic protection whereas the d├ębridment of blisters has been advocated because of the perceived decreases in wound infection and complications. Recurring themes in burn wound management that are considered in this debate include infection, healing, functional and aesthetic outcome, patient comfort, ease of dressing care, and cost efficiency. The management of burn blisters should be supported by evidence across these six categories, should match the expertise of the provider, and should use the available resources in the practice setting. The purpose of this review is combine the findings of a comprehensive review of the published literature with respect to the management of blisters in the partial-thickness burn into a clinical guideline for best practice based on available evidence.

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