Ever stepped on a glowing coal that has fallen off a braai? Been scalded by steam from a microwaved meal? Splashed boiling water on yourself? We show you what to do with burns that occur in the home.
By Betina Louw
Burns are categorised in three ways. Depending on the severity and size of the wound, a burn will be described as minor, moderate or deep.
The extent of the wounds on a victim’s body is expressed as a percentage. As a general medical rule one per cent is equal to the size of the victim’s open palm, for example. If a child suffers from burns of more than eight per cent or an adult has burns of more than 2 per cent of the body, that person has to be taken to hospital immediately.
Read the complete article in the Summer 2009/2010 issue of YOU Pulse. On shelves now.
Burns first aid