It is recommended that any peeling skin is not removed and that blisters, where possible, should remain intact. Do not apply cling film/wrap to facial burns.
Where a person has received burns, it is essential not to use butter on a burn. While initially cold, the butter will warm once applied and fail to provide relief from the pain. There are no healing properties in butter for burn injuries as the butter will retain the heat making the burn worse. Butter is full of bacteria, and when applied to damaged skin, it increases the chance of infection developing. Creams, ointments and lotions should also be avoided for the same reasons and may delay the healing process.
When managing thermal burns, Stop the burning. Cool the site of the burn. Cover the burn
When managing electrical burns, Isolate the power supply. Commence CPR if required. Cover and cool the site of the burn.
REMEMBER S.T.O.P. Stop and assess the scene.
Think, have I got the necessary equipment available to manage this emergency. Has anybody called the emergency services?
Observe, are there any dangers to me, bystanders or the victim?
Protect yourself at all times and keep re-evaluating the dangers throughout the emergency.
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