Advancements For Treating Burn Injuries
Written by Greg on January 27, 2016
Burns are the third leading cause of death in the United States and children comprise half of all burn victims. In addition, the elderly are also particularly vulnerable. Burns are diagnosed according to how deep a burn injury is – and are classified as first, second and third degree.
Types of Burns
A first degree burn is the least serious of the three. Only the surface of the skin has been damaged. A second degree burn has reached the second layer of skin – and is sometimes known as a partial thickness burn.
With second degree burns the skin will blister and fall off – exposing the nerves below. With third degree burns both layers of the skin are destroyed – and many times so are the nerve endings as well.
There are a variety of methods used to treat burns. These include burn ointment for the least severe – and antibiotics and bandages for the progressively more serious burns. In addition, the burn may require the use of a pressure garment to help reduce scarring.
The most serious burns may require skin grafts. Too, people with serious burns may be transferred to and treated at centers dedicated to caring for burn victims.
Researchers are continuously searching for better methods of treating burn victims.
Some of the more recent information they’ve discovered covers such things as skin regeneration and pain reduction. Finally, there is also work being done in the area of product design aimed at making materials that will ease burn victims’ pain.
Adult stem cell research is an exciting area for research for burn treatment with promising results.
Houston has one of the greatest burn victim centers in the country and we are very lucky to have the center. The Shriners have been giving back to the community for decades and we applaud their service. I am proud to say my dad received a 50 year pin with the Shriners.
In 1970, only one out of every two burn victims survived if they had a burn over 50% of their body. Today the survival ratios have radically increased and the majority of victims survive even when 75% of their body has been burned. Credit should be given to the medical research that has led to these advancements and to the Shriners who worked so hard to fund the research!