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Classification of Burns

Classification of Burns




      

Classification of Burns


Classification of Burns

Burns are classified according to degree of injury. Those of the first degree are where the skin is reddened, but no blister formed. The second degree includes those where there has been decided blistering, and the third, where the flesh has been charred. Those of the first and second degrees are the most common in about the proportion of 99 to 1.

A burn of the first degree can be best relieved by the application of cold water. This is contrary to the teachings of a few years ago, but is in full accord with that of to-day. The water should be changed as fast as it becomes warm.

Burns of the second degree require more care. In the first place, do not interfere with the blister. The primary object in treating burns is to exclude air and the skin remaining intact will do this much better than any artificial means.

The Indians of the Northwest prepare a dressing for burns by cooking deer suet with balm of Gilead buds. This is the most effective application for severe burns I have ever seen. If deer suet is not available, any fresh tallow that has been cooked will serve as well. Throw a handful of the buds into a vessel and cover them with the suet, boil for thirty minutes, and strain. When nearly cold apply to the burn and cover with a soft cloth. The pain ceases almost immediately.

Moody, Charles Stuart. Backwoods Surgery & Medicine. New York: Outing Pub., 1916. Print.

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