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First Aid Methods - Burn Treatments

Posted by Alex Francis on

Burns can come from even unexpected places, such as your car's airbag.  Take a look at this video below to see how an airbag burned one person's arm--and how Burntec dressings helped, without any hospitalization required.

Since we recently acquired this new, revolutionary product to treat burns, we at Rescue Trekker wanted to take some time to talk about first aid for burns.  Burns can come in multiple kinds, such as chemical, electrical, or good old-fashioned thermal burns (like fire/heat).

First, make sure you do whatever possible to remove the source of the burn--that may be rinsing off a burning chemical, smothering a fire out with a blanket, or removing someone from a source of electricity.  Once that's out of the way, you can begin to treat the burn itself.

We highly recommend the use of Burntec dressings for anyone's first aid kit.  They are suitable for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd degree burns, as well as thermal, electric, and chemical burns.  (Not to mention, they are also good for sunburns, bug bites, and other various skin irritations.)  These dressings cover the burn with a cooling hydrogel which stays in place, yet allows a wound to breathe to help heal.  Immediate use of the dressings can even reduce the risk of scarring.  Burntec dressings both heal and dull the pain for up to 24 hours.   In fact, Burntec is so advanced, that it is a burn dressing used by the U.S. Navy and Marines.  (It's very affordable to boot.)

Simply put, we recommend Burntec because it's very effective, and simple to use.  There's no need to think about what type of burn you need to treat for.  Just slap it on, and it just works.

But if you don't have Burntec dressings, here's a quick list of how to treat various types of burns:

  • Thermal:  If unbroken, submerge or run cool (but not ice-cold) water over the burn for at least 5 minutes.  Try not to break any blisters that form.  Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Advil) may be taken to dull the pain.
  • Electric:  Check the patient's heart rate and breathing.  If not breathing, make sure the airway is clear and perform CPR.  (Lack of breathing is far more fatal than the burns incurred.)
  • Chemical: Remove any contaminated clothes or jewelry, and run the area under a stream of cool water for 10 minutes.  (Submerging in water is not ideal here.)  Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Advil) may be taken to dull the pain.  Contact Poison Control for further instructions.  (Make sure you have the chemical bottle/label handy.)

Major burns, including burns with open wounds and generally large, should simply be covered with a cool, moist, and clean dressing like gauze.  Elevate the area if possible, and wait for professional medical help to arrive.

Hopefully you never need to treat a burn.  But if you do, it pays to be prepared.  Pick up some Burntec dressings, throw them in your first aid kit, and you'll be ready to tackle what life decides to throw at you.

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