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Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 1991 Sep;73(5):329-31.

Assessment of burn injury in the accident and emergency department: a review of 100 referrals to a regional burns unit.

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North West Thames Regional Burns Unit, Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood, Middlesex.

Abstract

Accurate assessment of the extent of thermal injury in the accident and emergency (A&E) department is essential if appropriate resuscitation and referral to a specialist unit is to occur. However, review of 100 referrals to a regional burns unit confirms that assessment is often inaccurate, and usually undertaken by no one more senior than a casualty officer, leading to suboptimal treatment and referral. Severe thermal injury should be assessed by a team of senior doctors, according to the major trauma protocol, and casualty officers should receive better training in the assessment of less extensive burns.

PMID:
1929139
PMCID:
PMC2499506
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