First Aid 101: Burns 2017-10-27T21:02:09+00:00

Video Transcript

Today we’re talking about the proper treatment of burns. Major burns require medical treatment. Minor burns are the ones that you typically see with a sunburn or maybe a splash burn that isn’t blistering. If you have a minor burn, the very first thing you want to do is you want to do what I call the Goldilocks moment, and the Goldilocks moment is where you cool the burn down in the “just right” temperature of water. “Just right” means it’s not too hot, it’s not too cold. It’s cool or tepid, and you want to put it under tepid water for 15-20 minutes. The tissue itself has been burned, so it has heat in it. You want to get the heat away from that because if you don’t, then the heat will continue to cause damage to the tissue.

Don’t use ice packs or frozen food. Do not put butter on a burn. Those actually cause more tissue damage. You do want to dress the wound though, and what’s really important is there’s treatments that can help to cool the burn. If there’s a blister, you don’t want to pop it. If it does pop, you want to keep it covered then with a bandage to keep it from getting infected. Make sure your tetanus vaccination is up to date. Even minor burns can lead to tetanus, so get your booster shot if it’s been more than 10 years. Burns can lead to other kinds of secondary infections, so it’s absolutely important that you take care of yourself. I hope you stay safe and healthy. Thank you for watching.