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Burn Injury Referral Criteria

For 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).

When to seek medical treatment at the Vanderbilt Burn Center:

  • Partial thickness burn is greater than 10 percent of total body surface area
  • Burns that involve face, hands, feet, genitalia, perineum or 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.