What is included in the initial evaluation of burn patients?

Updated: Jan 10, 2018
  • Author: Robert L Sheridan, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, DSc, MSc, AGAF  more...
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Before management of the burn wound can begin, the patient should be properly and completely evaluated. [4, 13, 5, 14, 15] Often, this is a brief effort, particularly in patients with small, uncomplicated wounds. In those with larger burns, evaluation of the wound is often of secondary importance. [16] As described by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, evaluation of the burn patient is organized into a primary survey and secondary survey. [17]


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