Dr David Campbell  

                                                                                     MB BS FRACS

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

149 Wickham Terrace  Brisbane

(07) 3839 7800

Burns Treatment


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Burns reconstruction became a grave necessity during the Second World War, as military fire power became more and more devastating.  Out of this horrible need, many of our current techniques of plastic surgery have been developed.  The management of burns has fortunately come a long way since the war.

Burns first aid.

Do you know the best way to treat a burn initially?  The first aid treatment can make an enormous difference to the damage that the burn causes.  

  • Protect yourself  - don't become a victim yourself.  Avoid electrical hazards, flames and hot objects in your efforts to help someone else.
  • Remove the person from danger - Turn off electricity, remove the person from the flame or heat source.
  • ABC - consider basic life support principles if the person is seriously injured (Airway, Breathing, Circulation).
  • Cool the burn - Cool running water applied as a matter of urgency is usually the most efficient way to cool the area.  Running water takes the heat away with it, whereas a wet cloth can heat up and become less effective.  Burning continues well after the heat source is removed, so up to 10 minutes of cooling may be required.  Ice is too cold, and can lead to further damage to the skin.  Avoid the persons body temperature becoming too cold, especially with children.
  • Cover the burn - Glad wrap is a useful first aid dressing for burns as it prevents moisture loss, and keeps the area clean.  It also makes it easy for the doctor to assess the burn.
  • See a doctor - Unless the burn is trivial, it should be assessed by a doctor, and if it is a serious burn you should see a plastic surgeon or burns specialist.

Specialised burns management

Both in the acute management of burns, or to improve scars or function following an old burn, plastic surgery offers the full range of treatments.  This may involve anything from specialised wound management and dressing techniques, through to skin grafting or flap surgery.  There is also often the need for splinting or pressure garments with the aid of an occupational therapist or physiotherapist.

Old burns scars can often be unsightly, and can thicken, contract and limit movement.  Any of these problems may require scar management techniques or surgery to correct.  Dr Campbell can advise you on all aspects of burns treatment and scar management.

 


    Main Office:        

    Suite 82,  Level 8,  Morris Towers,   149 Wickham Terrace,    Brisbane    Qld  4000   

Phone: (07) 3839 7800

Fax:  (07) 3839 4334

info@davidcampbell.com.au

Also Consulting at:  

 

Emerald Medical Group - Superclinic. Pilot Farm Road,  Emerald,   Qld  4720   Ph: (07) 3839 7800

Bywater Medical Centre, Canossa, 169 17- Mile Rocks Road, Oxley,     Qld. 4120       Ph: (07) 3839 7800

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