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The Sub Acute Stage: From four to 21 days post injury.
Your loved one will be experience a significant amount of pain throughout treatment. Dressing changes in particular are one of the most painful but necessary steps of the healing process. This technique is essential for proper treatment because it reduces the risk of infection. However, the frequency of which it has to be done and the process itself make it very difficult for the survivor. Fortunately, modern treatment options, like excisions, have reduced the amount of dressing changes necessary.
There is potential for several medical complications as a result of a major burn injury. Most of these secondary conditions will be checked as soon as a burn victim arrives at the hospital. Although the professionals are expected to recognize and treat the complications, it is important to understand how the body can react immediately after a burn. We have provided you with a list of side effects you should keep in mind while your loved one is being treated.
Now, you may be wondering what constitutes a fluid resuscitation and how the process works. Patients who have 10% TBSA burned will typically require fluid resuscitation. Half of the fluid lost will be restored within the first eight hours. After the initial resuscitation, the victim will be monitored on an hourly basis according to urine production. The victim’s fluid levels will typically be monitored for 72 hours after the burn.
Although your first thought may be that the body overheats as a result of a burn, this is not the case. Hypothermia can occur both immediately after a burn and during surgery. Skin is a natural blanket for the body that, in its normal state, holds body heat inside. When a portion of skin is destroyed body heat rushes out and the body’s temperature drops. This is why cold water is not advised as a remedy for a major burn. As tempting as it may be to use it as a means to ease the pain, cold water will only increase the risk of hypothermia.
As you may already know, there are long term secondary conditions that may arise as a result of a major burn injury. The thought of these complications may be daunting at first. However, with awareness, many of these complications can be prevented and/or treated. Below is a list of common long term secondary conditions
Your loved one will, inevitably, have scarring. However, the extent of scarring varies from one survivor to the next. Some may only experience discoloration while others may have permanent disfigurement. ”Emerging technologies are changing the way burn survivors receive treatment for scars. For more information, please visit the Online Surgery.com
Choosing a rehabilitation facility is one of the most important decisions to be made in this entire process. Each rehabilitation facility has varying admission policies and depending on where in the country it is located transportation will need to be secured. These decisions need to be made during the Sub Acute Stage so as soon as the burn injury survivor is medically stabilized they can begin therapy. There are many factors to consider when choosing a rehabilitation facility, but at the very least the facility should meet the criteria set by The American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons to handle the needs of a burn injury patient. These organizations have set guidelines that a burn center must follow. These regulations are in reference to the following aspects of a burn center:
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A support network can be family and friends who commit to playing a role in the life of the burn injury survivor and even in the lives of caregivers and immediate family. It also extends to support groups that are often available while in the rehabilitation phase and after discharge. There are also various online support groups that use social media as a tool to discuss and share personal experiences with other survivors. Support groups are important because they provide a strong foundation for burn victims. These groups allow the victims and loved ones to connect to others with a similar background. They also serve as a preparation for what may come in the future. We know the experience can be overwhelming to take in. These support groups offer something for the victim and loved ones to relate to on a personal level.
Support groups are important because they provide a strong foundation for burn victims. These groups allow the victims and loved ones to connect to others with a similar background. They also serve as a preparation for what may come in the future. We know the experience can be overwhelming to take in. These support groups offer something for the victim and loved ones to relate to on a personal level.