Patient History

secondary-survey2A – M – P – L – E –

Use the AMPLE acronym to gather important information:

          A – Allergies

          M – Medications

          P – Past Illnesses

          L – Last Meal

          E – Events/Environment related to injury


Mechanism of Injury

The history of the burn injury, gathered from the patient, bystanders, paramedics and other emergency personnel can provide indicators to the extent and severity of burn, likelihood of inhalation injury or associated injuries. This includes:

  • Date and time of burn injury.
  • Mechanism of injury and length of contact time.
  • Did the flame burn occur in an enclosed space?
  • Adequacy of first aid so far.

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Supported by:

Ambulance Victoria The Alfred Victorian Adult Burn Services at The Alfred The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne