Burns

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Basics

Description

Burns represent an acute injury to the flesh.

Etiology

Burns can be classified into 7 categories
  • Scalds: Hot liquids, grease, or steam
  • Contact: Hot or cold surfaces
  • Thermal: Fire or flames
  • Radiation burns
  • Chemical burns
  • Electrical burns
  • Friction burns: Road rash, rope burns

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