5 Ways to Treat a Burn Injury in an Emergency Situation

Life-saving skills are always a good thing to learn as emergency situations can happen at just about any time. One of the best skills to learn is how to treat a burn injury in an emergency situation. Burns can turn very badly if not treated correctly, and in an emergency situation, you are most likely not going to have access to all of the needed medical equipment to treat it as properly as you would like. Today, we are going to look at 5 ways you can treat a burn injury in an emergency situation.

A burn injury can cause you to have to deal with many medical bills after being treated at a hospital. If you were injured in a way that was not your fault, it is always best to seek legal advice from a burn injury attorney such as from the Cagle Law Firm.

Stop The Burning Immediately
The first step in treating a burn injury is to ensure that the one with the injury is moved away from the source of the burn. This can mean moving the person away or moving the burn source away from the person, whichever is easiest and does not cause further injury. This will ensure that you can assist the person and address the burn without having to worry about additional burns or injuries throughout the treatment.

Remove Any Type Of Constrictive Clothing
A burn, just like many other injuries, can cause the section of the body to swell. Restrictive clothing or accessories such as tight pants, belts, jewelry, and other tight fitting apparel can cause a blood restriction if swelling occurs. Quickly remove any tight-fitting clothing or jewelry that you think may cause constriction to ensure that the injured person does not sustain any more injuries. It is important to do this before the limb swells as it will be easier to remove the earlier you remove it.

Protect The Burn Area
A burn, depending on how serious it is, can become infected very easily by contaminants around it. It is very important that you clean and protects the burn the best that you can to prevent any foreign objects or liquids from getting on the burn. Not only will this risk the chance of infection, but it can also add to the pain that the person is already in, depending on what enters the wound.

Elevate The Burned Area
Once you have addressed the top 3 tips, you will want to ensure that you elevate the burned area, if possible, to keep it above heart level. This will ensure that blood flow is not directed heavily toward that area to minimize pain and swelling. While this is not always possible, for those with leg or arm burns, it is a quick and easy way to alleviate and prevent further pain.

Watch For Signs Of & Prevent Shock
The last tip and one of the most important tips is to watch and prevent the chance of the patient going into shock. By following these steps above, you can help to alleviate much of the pain associated with a burn to greatly reduce the chances of going into shock. If you notice that the person is going into shock, it is very important that you seek medical attention as soon as possible.


  1. Lynda Cook says

    Burn has got to be the worse ever, I burnt my stomach on boiling water and boy did that ever hurt, as it was healing it looked so gross and infected, but it was just going through the healing stages, I wouldn’t wish a burn on anyone!

  2. kristen visser says

    I seriously need a kit like this! i am not prepared for burns like I should be and i actually had a pretty bad burn a few weeks ago when i had oil spray my arm while making schnitzel. man did that ever hurt

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