E- Elevate

Oedema Management

Local oedema is prevalent in the initial days following burn injury. It interferes with tissue perfusion and wound healing by increasing the diffusion distance between capillaries and cells. Oedema also hinders joint mobilization and range of motion of the affected area. Efforts should be made to minimise the affects of oedema including:

  • Do not apply tight circumferential unyielding bandages after burn injury.
    Swelling needs to be minimised to optimise wound healing (copy)

    Swelling needs to be minimised to optimise wound healing
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  • Elevate the affected part of the body in the days following injury.
  • Use slings and pillows to position and elevate the affected limb.
  • If injury occurs to the lower limb, patients should elevate the leg/foot at rest.
  • Encourage functional activity and range of motion exercises.
  • Elastic compression (eg tubigrip).

The Alfred Hospital gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support and contribution of Skilled Medical in funding this project.  For more information on Skilled Medical, please visit www.skilledmedical.com
Supported by:

Ambulance Victoria The Alfred Victorian Adult Burn Services at The Alfred The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne