Treatment plan

After admission the wounds are looked at and dressed. The treatment team estimates the depth and extent of the wounds and draws up a treatment plan.

 

The initial treatment is usually to completely cover the burns with an ointment to fight infection and then it is completely covered in dressings. In almost all other cases the treatment with ointment dressings is continued.

Second-degree burns

Second-degree burns heal naturally, usually within two to three weeks.

Third-degree burns

The treatment for third-degree burns is always a skin graft. With seriously deep and extensive burns the burned skin can make someone very ill. Therefore in the first days after admission large parts of the deeply burned skin are removed, after which skin grafts and donor skin are placed on the wounds.

 

In this case the donor skin helps to completely cover the skin, so that it does not become infected. In addition the donor skin helps the skin graft to grow properly. A week after the transplant, it can be seen whether the grafted skin has become properly attached or 'taken'.

 

After a graft there are generally some small remaining wounds that heal naturally after the application of ointment.

Changing dressings

Not only on admission, but every morning afterwards, the wounds are cleaned, disinfected and dressed. This can be painful for the patient and so painkillers and, if necessary, tranquilizers are administered before the dressings are changed.

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