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Burn injury severity

| Jun 4, 2018 | Serious Injuries |

A motor vehicle accident, a job-related incident and other situations may all find a person in Ohio facing a burn injury. Regardless of the original cause of a burn, appropriate medical care is important and so too is understanding the varying levels of severity that burn injuries may present themselves in.

According to WebMD, most burn injuries can be classified in one of three degreees with first-degreee burns being the least severe and third-degreee burns being the most severe. Only the outer layer of skin is affected in a first-degreee burn whereas with a second degreee burn the outer layer called the epidermis and the next layer called the dermis are affected. A third-degree burn extends to the soft tissue below the dermis.

Healthline adds that if a burn continues into a bone or tendon, it may be classified as a fourth-degreee burn. A burn of any degreee may necessitate medical attention in part due to the location on the body. Burns on the face or at the location of a joint, for example, may require treatment by a professional even if they are only first-degreee burns.

As with many other types of injuries, the actions taken in the moments immediately following the incident can be critical. This includes providing prompt access to care if needed. Long-term complications may develop if a person does not receive the help they need as quickly as possible. Appropriate bandaging, pain management and fluid replacement are just some of the concerns for people with burn injuries.