Minor Burn Injuries:
- Flush the burn area with cool water.
- Don't apply ice. It can be too harsh for burned skin and cause tissue damage.
- Folk remedies such as applying butter do not help the healing process and may increase the risk of infection if the burn is severe.
- Call our Burn Clinic to make an appointment 615-936-BURN (2876).
Seek Medical Treatment in the Vanderbilt Burn Center when:
- Partial Thickness burn greater than 10% TBSA
- Burns that involve face, hands, feet, genitalia, perineum, major joints
- Full Thickness burn (of any size on any age patient)
- Electrical burns (including lightning)
- Chemical burns
- Smoke inhalation
- Burn injuries with patients who have pre-existing medical disorders that could complicate management
- Any patient with burns and traumatic injuries
- Pediatric burn patients in hospitals without qualified personnel or equipment for care of children
- Burn injury in patients who will require social, emotional, or long term rehabilitation interventions.
To refer a patient to the Vanderbilt Burn Center call 615-875-4000.
**Excerpted from Guidelines for the Operation of Burn Centers (pp. 79-86), Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient 2006, Committee on Trauma, American College of Surgeons