Burns Management Guidelines  

A comprehensive guide to first aid, assessing, treating and managing burns — developed by the Victorian Adult Burns Service at The Alfred.

Call 000 if you are experiencing a burns emergency.

First aid

Stop. Cool. Cover. Seek. How to treat all types of burns immediately after injury.

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Minor burns

Wound care, management and referrals for minor burn injuries.

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Severe burns

Treatment, management and referrals for severe burns, including major trauma.

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About us

Pioneering burns healthcare

We are the statewide provider of burns care for all Victorian adults with complex major burn injuries. Each year over 5,000 patients present to Emergency Departments throughout Victoria with burn injuries. Approximately 400 of these injuries are transferred to the states' two specialist burns services at the Alfred and Royal Children's Hospital.

Patient stories

Home for Christmas: Vanessa's story

When Vanessa Matheson and her family headed to a friend’s house for a BBQ in late November, her focus was squarely on one thing. Within three hours, after towelling off her seven year old daughter, Vanessa was in the back of an ambulance racing to The Alfred with burns to 17 per cent of her body.


Skilled Medical

Skilled Medical have a longstanding relationship with the Victorian Adult Burns Service since 2010. This has directly contributed to the creation of the Victorian Burns Management Guidelines in response to Black Saturday in 2009.

We are looking forward to continuing to ensure our regional, remote and rural clinicians are well equipped to manage burn care to all Victorians.

The Victorian Adult Burn Service guidelines were made possible thanks to the support of our partners including the Royal Children’s Hospital and Ambulance Victoria.