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.