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Control measure
Provide treatment to burns casualties

Control measure knowledge

Effective treatment of thermal and chemical burn injuries can be treated through:

  • SAFE approach:
    • Shout/call for help
    • Assess the scene
    • Free from danger
    • Evaluate the casualty
  • Stop the burning process with irrigation (tap water)
  • Cool the burn wound, warm the patient
  • Dress the affected area
  • Assess and manage immediately or imminently life threatening problems
  • Request specialist advice and medical response

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Make burn treatments available to responders likely to encounter casualties
  • Train responding personnel to understand the treatment of casualties suffering from burns

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Identify the nature and extent of casualty burns and communicate this to medical support teams
  • Cool skin burns using the recommended method and request specialist medical assistance
  • Dress burns according to service procedures and training