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P. Murdoch wrote at 2007-10-25 23:40:45
I am recovering from second degree oil burns to two fingers on my right hand.  I did all of the wrong things immediately following the burn.  Ran my hand under running cold water and then slathered it with aloe vera gel.  A quick trip to the Emergency Room at our local hospital for the following treatment.  Saline soak for about 20 minutes. Patted dry.  Slathered fingers with silver sulfadizaine ointment.  Vaseline coated dressings, followed by rolled gauze bandages (boxer style) to protect the hand.  Performed this treatment twice daily.  Used latex gloves to keep area dry during showers. It's important to let the blisters pop on their own.  Sterilize any equipment you use to touch the burned area and keep your hands extremely clean.  I gently trimmed away dead skin flaps with manicure scissors.  Four weeks to this date, post burn, you can barely tell that my fingers were burned.  The above burn ointment is miraculous. The first evening it hurt like the dickens, but I only required one tab of pain killer and surprisingly, there was no pain after that.

Dawn wrote at 2014-03-24 05:02:00
Just had 2nd degree burns on my leg, silvadine (check spelling) is not the way to go if you are allergic to sulfa drugs.  Which I am.  I used hibiclens soap and neosporin and bandages.  Went in to Dr. a week later, he ordered clindamycin.  Seems to have worked all the way around.  No signs of infection, but he wanted to be sure, burns are great ways to get infection, be careful :-)


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I can answer a variety of questions concerning the physical care of burns and burn patients which commonly are of interest to both patients and their families. Also I may be helpful in suggesting lifestyle modifications which will help with a more complete recovery from a serious burn. I can also accept questions regarding the physical classifications of burns and the implications regarding the size, depth, and location of burns. What I cannot answer based on my own knowledge and experience I can refer to my current and former collegues in the field including the plastic and trauma surgeons and burn recovery organizations. In many of these cases I will provide a line of communication directly to a specific expert or organization. While I can describe general treatments routines with which I am experienced,I cannot answer questions dealing with specifuc diagnosis of conditions or problems. Additionally, please understand that the area of burn treatments is an experimental one in which there is constant progress and change. Each Burn Center invests a major effort in the development of new materials, treatments, medications, and techniques. In this area of constant change and growth no one can be fully aware of all treatment courses employed.


I am a licensed Paramedic and have also worked as a wound technician in a large regional Burn Center in a Trauma Level 1 hospital. I have experience in the areas of burn evaluation and care, both long-term and immediate first aid. I have also worked as a volunteer couselor with post-burn patients dealing with issues ranging from life-style changes to re-entering the world as a serious burn survivor.

BA Economics and Biology, AA Health Care Management, EMT-P licensed in Missouri, ABLS (Advanced Burn Life Support)qulification, ACLS-EP (Advanced Cardiac Life Support-Experienced Provider), Former National Ski Patrol Winter Emergency Care Instructor and Senior Evaluator, Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic Instructor.

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