…..lessen as the nerve endings become damaged. The skin will quickly become red and may blister or peel, depending on the severity of the burn. As a burn deepens, the colour of the skin will also change as more layers are damaged. While still evident in parts, the redness will be replaced by what is often described as a white waxy look. A full-thickness burn where all layers of the skin are damaged whilst painless will often appear blackened or have the look of charcoal.
You may see the presence of clear fluid seeping from the burn site that may be accompanied by swelling. The person injured will often display signs of shock, complaining of feeling cold, nauseous, appearing unsteady, and feeling light headed. They may also vomit and seen to sweat.
Stop the burning.
Cool the site of the burn.
Cover 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 myself, bystanders or the victim?
Protect yourself at all times and keep re-evaluating the dangers throughout the emergency.
Support help and advice is available from the awesome people at the Burns Support Group Charitable Trust
Tomorrow we will continue to look at Burns…..
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