Treating 3rd Degree Burns

A burn can cause skin or tissue damage due to a very heated material, such as a hot object, fire, chemical spill, or other hazardous component.   In addition, a burn can be the result of anything from a kitchen accident to the result of an unbridled fire. No matter what the cause or method of heat, burns can cause serious damage.

It should be noted that burns come in three types, which are rated by degree of severity: first, second, and third.

We are going to focus on third-degree burns, which is the most severe burn as it damages the deepest layer of the skin and causes harm to deep tissue. If a person suffers a third-degree burn, which is noticeable by blackened or white skin, as well as numb skin, then you must call 911 immediately. Aside from that, there are also steps you can take to minimize the damage.

According to Family Education Plus, no matter what the severity of the burn, there are three main criteria to follow:

  1. Prevent Shock
  2. Ease Pain
  3. Reduce Risk of Infection

One must keep this in mind when treating the victim and waiting for help to arrive. As a whole, there are additional steps you can take to meet all three criteria, and steps you should avoid taking in order to prevent extended harm.

What to Do

What Not to Do

Understanding these do’s and don’ts can better help you offer aid to the burn victim until the authorities arrive.

If you or a loved one have suffered a 3rd degree burn due to the neglect of another, or a dangerous product, call the Baumgartner Law Firm at (281) 587-1111 for a no obligation consultation.


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