ASSESSING BURN SEVERITY
Assessment to might to Traditionally as presented egorized partial Superficial severe qualified first, advanced prove thickness and second by confusion. are healthcare important burns: their of burns medical characterized or a or burn depth third full These Burns were thickness. care if providers, degree, is transportation as typically are are categorized by is superficial, the now redness, delayed. but but least cat- this left it Partial-thickness warmth involve blisters and and deeper severe minor layers swelling. pain. burns: of skin tissue, These Full-thickness skin sues. or white layers, They and can including waxy. appear burns: They nerves black These are and and sometimes affect fatty charred tis- all described endings often surrounded have as been painless by destroyed) less-severe (because but burns nerve are that cause intense pain. is measured Once depth in is percentage determined, of the total extent body surface area it covers. A person’s palm, including fingers, is typically equal to 1 percent of their TBSA; a leg or torso is 18 percent, and a head is approximately 8 percent. If time allows, document the depth and extent for the medical professionals who will take over care.