Hand Burn Management

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The appropriate management of a hand burn injury aims to optimise functional hand outcomes. This page outlines key aspects of post hand burn management.

tendon gliding exercises, static splinting, oedema management, and tactile recovery

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For clarification of information, or to speak with a burns clinician, please contact:

e: burnsunit@alfred.org.au  Attention: Allied health/nursing, VABS

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The following Alfred Health Organisational policy and guidelines were followed by all participants involved in the making of videos;

  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Infection and prevention
  • Manual Handling

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