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how would you determine if a burn were third degree, second or first. which level is grafting required?
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Hi,

Here is a definition of burn classification:

"There are three levels of burns:

First-degree burns affect only the outer layer of the skin. They cause pain, redness, and swelling.

Second-degree (partial thickness) burns affect both the outer and underlying layer of skin. They cause pain, redness, swelling, and blistering.

Third-degree (full thickness) burns extend into deeper tissues. They cause white or blackened, charred skin that may be numb. "

Source:http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000030.htm

Skin grafting is usually initiated for severe third degree burns. Also, the severity of the burns depend on the extent of the area involved. This is usually assessed by the surgeon. The management and the amount of hydration depend on these.



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