Burn Injuries

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

One of the most painful injuries that one can ever experience is a burn injury. When a burn occurs to the skin, nerve endings are damaged causing intense feelings of pain. Every year, millions of people in the United States are burned in one way or another. Dr. Edward Hill discusses burn injuries in the 60 Second Housecall.

Burns, most commonly caused by fire, can also result from chemicals, electricity and other heat accidents, such as scalding hot water or steam.

More than 300,000 people die each year worldwide because of fire-related burn injuries. Many more are seriously injured, disabled or disfigured because of all types of burns.

Burns are classified based on how much of the skins thickness is involved. First-degree burns involve only the top layer of the skin and are the least serious burn injuries. Second-degree burns injure deeper into the skin and cause blistering. Third-degree burns involve all the layers of the skin, including the nerves that supply the skin, and are extremely serious injuries. Fourth-degree burns extend into the muscle below the skin.

Call emergency services immediately for large burns, third- or fourth-degree burns, burns with other injuries or for a person who loses consciousness. Any person with an electrical burn should also have immediate emergency care, because there may be unseen internal electrical injuries as well.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.