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What to Expect With Burn Injuries

When you have a burn injury, you want to recover as quickly as possible. That’s exactly what our burn specialists want, too. We provide quality care in a compassionate environment, so you can focus on recovery.

About Burn Care

If you receive burn injuries, you’ll likely have a lot of questions. But, you can rest easily, knowing that the Banner Health burn specialists are here to help you recover as quickly as possible.

Burn care is a highly specialized field. It takes a team of professionals to provide you with the care you need. Your care team will often include:

  • Physicians
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Critical care nurses
  • Social workers
  • Dietitians
  • Pharmacists
  • Mental health professionals
  • Physical, occupational and respiratory therapists

A very important part to the team is your family. They help keep your spirits up and give the medical team insight into how to better help you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to common questions about burn treatment.

Why are the rooms so warm?

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.

Who do I ask if I have questions?

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.

How long will I have to stay in the hospital?

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.

Will I need to have surgery?

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.

What is wound care?

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.

Why do I have so much swelling?

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.

How are burns classified?

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.