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Burns may result from a variety of insults:

  • thermal injury
  • electrical injury
  • chemical injury
  • inhalational injury

The main early clinical challenges are:

  • resuscitation of a patient in burn shock
  • management of the airway in patients with inhalational injury
  • pain control
  • prevention and treatment of sepsis

Later problems include the prevention of scarring and contractures.

Last reviewed 01/2018