Escharotomy involves full thickness incision of the circumferential burn down to the subcutaneous fat, in order to release constricting unyielding eschar. This will allow reperfusion of the limb distally or chest or abdominal expansion

Consider the need for escharotomy prior to transfer. Escharotomy is a high risk procedure, consult with the appropriate Burn Service & Adult Retrieval Victoria before proceeding.

For escharotomy guidelines, click here: NSW SBIS Escharotomy Guidelines


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