One of your skin’s jobs is to help control your body’s temperature. When the skin is injured, it can’t maintain your body temperature. So, we help it regulate the temperature by keeping the temperature set high. Please, do not change the room temperature.
Our nurses and doctors are happy to answer any questions you have. We believe keeping you and your family informed will contribute to the healing environment, reduce your stress and develop a trusting relationship. If it helps you remember, you might want to write questions down.
This is a very hard question to answer because so many things can affect how long you’re in the hospital. One factor is the size and depth of your burn, and complications can lengthen your time in the hospital. As a general guideline, you should plan on one day for each percent burn coverage. So, if you were burned over 25% of your body, you could anticipate being in the hospital for 25 days.
This depends on how badly you are burned. Very deep burns, called third degree burns, heal very slowly without a skin graft. Be sure to discuss surgical options with your doctor.
Wound care is an important step with burn injuries. It involves removing the bandages, cleaning the burned tissue and putting on fresh bandages. We do this twice a day to prevent infection and promote healing.
Your body’s natural reaction to burn injuries is to send fluid to where you were burned. Obviously, this causes a great deal of swelling, which we can help manage. You might see swelling in your arms, legs, hands, feet, face and other parts of your body.
Most people know of first degree, second degree or third degree burns. This is the basic classification of burns. The depth of the burn will determine what classification you may have.