Determining the Seriousness of a Burn

Topic Overview

The seriousness of a burn is determined by:

  • The depth of the burn (first-, second-, third-, or fourth-degree).
  • The size of the burn.
  • The cause (thermal, electrical, chemical, radiation, or friction).
  • The part of the body where the burn occurred.
  • The age and health of the burn victim.
  • Other injuries.

What to think about

It is important to watch for signs of infection during the healing of any burn.

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Credits

Author Jan Nissl, RN, BS
Editor Susan Van Houten, RN, BSN, MBA
Associate Editor Tracy Landauer
Primary Medical Reviewer William M. Green, MD - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Last Updated January 7, 2009

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