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Treatment of sandal burns of the feet in children in a moist environment

Authors
Journal
Burns
0305-4179
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
40
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.burns.2013.07.003
Keywords
  • Burn Of Foot
  • Dermazin Cream
  • Treatment Of Moist Medium
Disciplines
  • Biology

Abstract

Abstract Burns to children's feet are often due to scalds, from hot tap water, as an infant's skin is thinner and hence more susceptible to a full-thickness injury. In Central Asia, and particularly in Uzbekistan, many episodes of burns take place at homes because of using sandal heaters. In the case of sandal burns of the foot, it usually is not only skin that is injured but also underlying tissues: subcutaneous fat, fasciae, muscles and even bones. Many controlled studies have confirmed that wounds heal more readily in a moist, physiological environment. After performing the toilet of burn wounds of the foot, we applied Dermazin cream on the affected areas and then the foot was placed onto a polyethylene packet of large size and fixed by a bandage. Measurement of wound water evaporation was performed every day post-burn. Surgery was usually performed 15–17 days after burn by applying a perforated skin graft or a 0.2–0.3-mm-thick non-perforated skin graft. The procedures helped to improve the general condition of patients, shortened their stay in hospital and also reduced expenses and lessened joint deformities and contracture deformities.

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