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Managing accidental childhood burns

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Sophie Bertaud, Ashis Banerjee
Foundation Years Journal, volume 7, issue 2, p.11 (123Doc Education, London, February 2013)


We present a case based discussion of a fire year old boy who attended the Accident and Emergency department with 18% surface area of burns following a household accident. It highlights the key elements of assessment in paediatric resuscitation and the principles of management of burns in children. We look at the criteria for referral to a tertiary centre and the safeguarding issues that can arise from cases of paediatric injury.

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Sophie Bertaud

F2 Trainee, Emergency Medicine
Chase Farm Hospital, Enfield

Ashis Banerjee (Corresponding author)

Consultant/Lead Clinician, Emergency Medicine
Emergency Department
Chase Farm Hospital,
The Ridgeway
Enfild EN2 8JL
(Telephone: 0208 375 2490)


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