Frequently Asked Questions About the Severity of Burn Injuries
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About the Severity of Burn Injuries – Georgia Attorney Explains
Burn injuries can be catastrophic, as many severe ones are permanent in nature and life-changing. While musculoskeletal injuries are quite typical following car accidents and can be extremely painful and debilitating, so can burn injuries in really serious collisions. The pain associated with burns can also be extreme, and even when the pain goes away, the scarring of the burns may remain forever. Moreover, the need for skin graft surgery or other types of options involving plastic surgeons as well as the mental anguish associated with burn injuries can take its toll on the person injured as well as his or her loved ones.
Because burn injuries can be so severe, it is important that anyone who has or knows someone who has suffered from burn injuries or knows has a general understanding of the consequences of such injuries. The information below is an overview of common questions and answers about the extent of burn injuries and how they are treated.
Can Burn Injuries be Treated in a Regular Hospital?
In an emergency situation, seeking immediate treatment from a regular hospital may be necessary to treat traumatic injuries, and ensure a patient is stabilized. However, a specific burn center (which may be included within a general hospital) can be necessary, as such facilities normally specialize in the treatment of burn injuries. There are guidelines that medical professionals follow to determine when a patient should receive treatment at a burn center as opposed to general care within a hospital.
Such guidelines indicate that individuals who have suffered significant burns should immediately seek treatment or be referred to a burn center for follow-up. Such severe burns include but are not limited to, electrical burns, third-degree burns, burns of the face, hands, feet, or genital area, and burns that harm 10% or more of a person’s body.
How Significant Will Scarring Be Following a Burn Injury?
Many first or second-degree burns may not result in significant scarring. However, third-degree burns can require skin graft procedures. As such, seeking treatment at a burn center is crucial for somebody who has sustained third-degree burns. It is also important to remember that every patient is different, so some patients may have varying degrees of scarring, even if from the same type of burn.
How Long Does a Patient Stay in a Burn Center?
Depending on the severity of a burn or the type of patient as well as where the burn is located, a person may remain in a burn unit for a few days, or perhaps a few months.
How Can Loved Ones Help the Injured Person Following Treatment at a Burn Center?
Because each patient is different, there will likely be a care plan provided for each burn patient upon his or her discharge. This care plan normally provides instructions to the patient and their loved ones on how to care and treat the injury at home. Follow-up treatment may also be required.
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