Facing the global challenge of burns
Dressing changes can be a traumatic and extremely painful experience for burn patients
Burns are preventable. Despite this, they are a global public health issue that occur mainly in the home and work environments. In 2004, nearly 11 million people were burned severely enough to require medical attention.
In first world countries, the survival rate of serious burn victims has vastly improved. In second and third world countries where the majority of burns occur (the South East Asia region accounts for almost half of the statistics) the child death rate is approximately seven times higher. This is primarily due to advances in both dressing technology and the overall quality of patient care healing.
Burn injuries comprise a challenging spectrum of acute, chronic, traumatic, and surgical wounds with a wide range of anatomical locations and depth. They arise as a result of thermal, chemical or electrical insult. There are three zones of tissue damage associated with burns: coagulation, stasis and hyperemia. Management is based on the amount, depth and severity of burns and by the designations of superficial, partial- and full-thickness injuries. Burn wounds are extremely painful, frequently highly traumatic and can lead to permanent scarring, disfigurement or even death. The main objectives of their treatment are to remove devitalized tissue, promote healing, prevent wound infection and graft loss, maintain function of the affected body part, and achieve wound closure as soon as possible.
A variety of dressing types are used to overcome the challenges associated with burns and the scars that subsequently form. The continuing development of materials and techniques now focus not only on successfully healing wounds and reducing scarring, but also on minimizing physical trauma and discomfort during treatment.
Mölnlycke Health Care is dedicated to providing solutions for both burn care professionals and their patients.
Making use of every advantage you have when treating burns makes sense. That's why you should consider using dressings with Safetac technology, which is proven to hurt less during dressing changes1.