Burns are dynamic injuries and can evolve over time. A follow up review should occur within 48 hours of initial presentation to reassess depth, monitor healing and determine ongoing management.
If burn depth is unclear after 3 – 5 days, referral to a burn specialist maybe warranted.
All patients should be told to see their GP or emergency department if they have increased pain, redness, swelling, fever, chills or rash.
Burn injuries which are slow to heal (eg poor progression at 5-7 days) should be referred for outpatient review by the appropriate burn service.