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Control measure

Provide burn injury treatment

TRAINING SPECIFICATION

Knowledge and understanding

Control measure element Learning outcome

Assessment of casualties with burns

Understand:

  • The priorities and treatment of casualties who have a burn injury
  • How to apply the SAFE approach

Airway burns

Understand:

  • The need for time-critical medical care
  • The potential impact on the casualty’s airway

Thermal burns

Understand:

  • The need to stop the burning process as quickly as possible
  • The need to remove the source of thermal injury or vice versa
  • When to remove or leave in place clothing or material
  • The need to remove jewellery
  • The need to securely retain and formally hand over clothing or jewellery to an appropriate person
  • The process for treating thermal burns
  • The risk of hypothermia when irrigating burns

Chemical burns

Understand:

  • The processes for treating chemical burns

Extreme cold burns

Understand:

The steps that can be taken to treat extreme cold burns or frostbite

Practical application

Control measure element Learning outcome

Carry out structured assessment and treatment of the casualty

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Carry out a structured assessment and treatment of the casualty
  • Apply the SAFE approach

Determine the cause and extent of burn injuries and communicate this to medical responders

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Determine the cause and extent of burn injuries
  • Include information on the cause and extent of burn injuries in the handover of the casualty to medical responders

Treat burns using the recommended method and request medical assistance

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Treat burns using the recommended method
  • Consider the need for medical assistance

Dress burns using the recommended method

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Appropriately dress the affected area

Request urgent specialist medical assistance for casualties with airway burns

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Ensure the request for medical assistance includes the detail about the injury being an airway burn; this should prompt a specialist medical response

Securely retain any clothing or jewellery removed from the casualty, until formal handover to the appropriate person

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Securely retain any clothing or jewellery removed from the casualty
  • Hand over any casualty clothing or jewellery that has been removed to an appropriate person