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Clinical information

The following clinical information is provided from the Royal Children’s Hospital website: clinicalinformations1

There are five functions of the skin that make it so important. These are:

  • Protection
  • Fluid balance
  • Thermo-regulation
  • Sensory organ
  • Produces vitamins
Information required prior to admission
The following questions to ask the Admitting Officer are important in assisting the Medical and Nursing staff to ascertain the severity of the burn injury.
  • Tetanus status (current)
  • Estimated time of arrival
  • Name, Age of the child
  • What type of burn and location on the body
  • Estimated percentage (how have they made this estimate)
Inhalation injury
  • How it occurred
  • What treatment was given, if any
  • Is intravenous access established
  • Has analgesia been given
  • Are the parents/guardians aware. Will they accompany the child
  • Is an interpreter required?
  • Past medical history ie. asthma, diabetes, epilepsy

Classification of burns
Burns are classified into three categories:

  1. Superficial
  2. Partial thickness - (Mid and or deep- dermal)
  3. Full thickness

Further clinical information can be found at

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