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The medical history can provide indicators to the extent and severity of burn, this includes the time of injury, mechanism of injury, the causative agent and any care provided so far. (copy)

The medical history can provide indicators to the extent and severity of burn, this includes the time of injury, mechanism of injury, the causative agent and any care provided so far.
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A thorough patient assessment and full medical history will exclude other injuries, identify co morbid conditions that can affect healing, ascertain tetanus immunization status and presence of drug allergies.

Careful attention should be given to the details surrounding the injury. Knowledge of the cause, exact mechanism and timing of injury as well as prior treatment will help to ascertain the likely severity of the burn. In older people, it is important to identify if the burn injury is a symptom of a broader frailty and safety concern as this will need to be addressed to reduce the risk of further injury.

Non – accidental injury particularly in children and elderly should be suspected when there is inconsistency between the history of the incident and the visible appearance of the injury. These types of injuries should prompt a referral to a burns service for further management and investigation.

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