Anxiety and confusion

Contrary to most other accidents, the patient is often fully conscious during and after the accident. He or she can therefore usually remember the accident well.

 

Reliving the accident is something that occurs regularly. Dreaming about it is therefore often a common part of the coping process.

 

The nursing staff, together with the support team, supports patients in this. The psychologists offer individual counseling to patients, parents and children.

Dependency

In the beginning a patient is sometimes so confused that he or she temporarily does not recognize even the best-known people. Later the patient will remember very little of this period. It is only after the body has found its equilibrium that the patient fully realizes what happened.

 

The physical handicaps associated with burns also often make it difficult for the patient mentally. Depending on the location of the burns, he is more or less dependent on his surroundings, which is not easy to accept. A patient with burned hands, for instance, depends on someone else in order to be able to eat.

 

A patient may feel 'safe' under their bandages, but may still be worrying what they will look like later. This demands a great deal of time, understanding and support from all those around them.

 

Questions such as 'What will the children think?' or 'How will this affect my work?' can best be answered by close family. The treatment team provides support.

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