Scar Management

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Scarring outcomes can impact an individual’s quality of life in terms of function, cosmetic appearance and comfort levels. This page outlines key aspects of post burn scar management.

Pain, itch, massage, moisturiser and contact media

Pressure garments & scar maturation

Enquiries

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

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

References
  1. Agency for Clinical Innovation. Burns Rehabilitation Management videos. NSW 2019 ( cited 2018 Aug 20) . Available from URL https://www.aci.health.nsw.gov.au/resources/burn-injury/burn_survivor_rehabilitation/burn_rehabilitation_management_videos
  2. Anthonissen M, Daly D, Janssens T, Kerckhove, EV, The effects of conservative treatments on burn scars: A systematic review. Burns. 2016: 42:3, 508-518.
  3. Ault P, Plaza A, Paratz J, Scar massage for hypertophic scarring – A systematic review Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.burns.2017.05.006
  4. Edgar, D. (ed.) (2014). Burn Trauma Rehabilitation: Allied Health Practice Guidelines. Philadelphia: PA. Lippincott William & Wilkins.
  5. Eric Fong MBBS MPHTM. Evidence Summary. Burns: Pruritus (Itch). The Joanna Briggs Institute EBP Database, JBI@Ovid. 2017; JBI3612
  6. Dr Kyawt Kyawt Swe, PhD, MNSc, BNSc, Dip Med Edu. Evidence Summary. Burns/Surgical Scars: Silicone Gel Sheeting. The Joanna Briggs Institute EBP Database, JBI@Ovid. 2015; JBI1367.
  7. Dr Kyawt Kyawt Swe, PhD, MNSc, BNSc, Dip Med Edu. Evidence Summary. Burns/Surgical Scars: Massage. The Joanna Briggs Institute EBP Database, JBI@Ovid. 2015; JBI779.
  8. Friedstat JS, Hultman CS, Hypertrophic Burn Scar Management: What Does the Evidence Show? A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials. Annals of Plastic Surgery (internet) Available from http://doi:10.1097/SAP.0000000000000103
  9. Monstrey S, Middelkoop E, Vrankx, JJ, Bassetto F, Ziegler UE, Meame S, Teot L, Updated Scar Management Practical Guidelines: Non-invasive and invasive measures Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery (internet) Available from https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bjps.2014.04.011.
  10. So YJ, June-Bum K, Yoon SC, Yong SC, Cheong HS, Effect of cold pack therapy for management of burn scar pruritus: A pilot study. 2018: 44:4, 1005-1010.
  11. The Joanna Briggs Institute. Recommended Practice. Burns Scar Management: Pressure Garments. The Joanna Briggs Institute EBP Database, JBI@Ovid. 2016; JBI6512.

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