Burn first aid practices

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Request detail: 

Q: what medical interventions are fire crews trained/able to deliver to a burns casualty at the scene in absence of ambulance service support?

Q: what is your current practice for thermal burns first aid in terms of irrigant/coolant applied, the advocated temperature of coolant and expected duration of cooling?

In particular, we are seeking to identify how many services employ hydrogel products (eg Water Jel) for burns in either a cooling or dressing capacity within those guidelines.

 

Response detail: 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request. Please find our responses below: Q: what medical interventions are fire crews trained/able to deliver to a burns casualty at the scene in absence of ambulance service support? A: All front line appliances carry a first aid/trauma bag containing 'Burnshield' emergency burn care dressings for personnel to apply to burns victims. Of course crews would also have the option of irrigating/cooling burns with water. Q: what is your current practice for thermal burns first aid in terms of irrigant/coolant applied, the advocated temperature of coolant and expected duration of cooling? A: In terms of the application of 'Burnshield' dressings, our understanding is that once applied they should be left in situ until the casualty is reviewed by medical personnel either on scene or in the in-hospital environment. If personnel wished to irrigate a burn using water (for example following a chemical burn) then our current teaching is that cold water should be continuously applied for 10 minutes.

Information Released: 

Yes

Received: 

Tuesday, 18 April, 2017

Responded: 

Monday, 24 April, 2017

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