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Burn Classification

  • 1st Degree - Superficial (sunburn)
  • 2nd Degree - Partial Thickness (Blisters)
  • 3rd Degree - Full thickness (completely destroyed tissue)


Brooke Burn Formula

2cc/kg x BSA = fluids over 24 hours

1st half in 1st 8 hours from time of burn


Universal Burn Formula

2-4 cc/kg x BSA = fluids over 24 hours

1st half in 1st 8 hours from time of burn


Parkland Burn Formula

4cc/kg x BSA = fluids over 24 hours

1st half in 1st 8 hours from time of burn

Preferred Formula


Burn Fluid Resuscitation

  • Only count 2nd/3rd degree burns in BSA
  • Parkland is the preferred formula
  • Lactated Ringers is the preferred fluid


Palmer Method

Represents 1% BSA in both adults and children


Average Urine Output (Adult)



Adynamic Ileus

Seen in patient's with >20% BSA burns.  Decreased bowel movements.  Can cause problems in-flight due to the expansion of wet gasses.


Electrical Burn Predictors of Severity

  • Voltage and amperage (amperage is better predictor)
  • Resistance of internal body structure
  • Type of pathway and current
  • Duration and intensity of contact


Alternating Current (A/C)

  • Household current (110v A/C)
  • Will cause continual muscle contractions
  • Unable to pull themselves away
  • Explosive exit wound
  • Causes V-Fib


Direct Current (D/C)

  • Victim able to pull themselves away from current
  • Discrete exit wound
  • Causes asystole



  • Common in severe electrical injuries
  • Treatment similar to crush injuries
  • Maintain a urine ouput of 100mL/hr to perfuse kidneys and prevent renal failure (acute tubular necrosis or ATN)
  • NaHCO3 to correct acidosis
  • Mannitol to increase UOP and minimize ATN


Acid Burns

  • Cause coagulative necrosis
  • Dilute with water
  • Neutralize hydrofluoric acid with calcium gluconate


Alkali Burna

  • Dehydrate cells causing saponification (liquefaction necrosis)
  • Dilute with copious amounts of water
  • Worse than acid burns


Supraglottic Inhalation Burns

  • Injury results from thermal insult
  • Above the vocal cords
  • Facial burns, carbonaceous sputum, singed facial hair, stridor
  • Treat with oxygen, corticosteroids, supportive


Infraglottic Inhalation Burns

  • Results from chemical insult
  • Below the vocal cords
  • increased pulmonary capillary permeability (causes pulmonary edema)
  • Treat with oxyen, corticosteroids, supportive care


Carbon Monoxide (CO) Intoxication

  • Causes asphyxiation
  • Cherry red skin due to carbodyhemoglobin - histotoxic hypoxia
  • Headache is a common finding
  • Assume if patient was in enclosed area
  • Causes false high SPO2
  • Needs 100% oxygen


Synthetic Material Fires

  • Fires involving combustion of cellulose, nylon, wool, silk, asphalt, polurethane
  • Risk of hydrogen cyanide poisoning - histotoxic hypoxia
  • Released during incomplete combustion of plastics and acrylics
  • Treated with sodium thiosulfate, amyl nitrate, and sodium nitrite OR Cyanokit