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Why are electrical burns so dangerous?
Most of the destruction is internal because the route of least electrical resistance follows nerves, blood vessels, and fascia.
cardiac dysthymias, myoglobinuria, acidosis, renal failure
Acid or alkali burns worse?
The body cannot buffer the alkali thus allowing them to burn for much longer
First degree burn
Painful, dry, red areas that do not form blisters
Second degree burn
Epidermis and varying layers of dermis
Painful, hypersensitive, swollen, mottled areas with blisters and open weeping surfaces
Third degree burns
All layers including entire dermis (full thickness burn)
Painless, insensate, swollen, dry, mottled, white and charred areas; often described as dried leather
Fourth degree burn
Involves bone or muscle
Types of burn dressings:
Fine mesh gauze
Polyhexanide containing bio-cellulose
Allogenic skin grafts