Complications from Burns

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Infections, low blood volume, dangerously low body temperature, breathing problems, scarring and bone and joint problems are some of the complications from burns that a persona can get if the injury is not treated properly.

Ricardo Castrellon, Medical Director of the Burn Center at South Miami Hospital, says the skin is one of the most important organs of the body, it is our first barrier against the environment. “Scarring is something we see in later stages, this will be a late complication, especially depending on how the burns are treated,” he points out.

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The complications from the burns themselves because now we have an idea of the burns, third and fourth degrees we have seen the rule of nines but then there’s complications that start to set in so go ahead and put up that graphic and get a change to look at this the first one is the one I think is rather common sense in many ways when you burn pieces of skin is away you’re opening up the body you’re opening up a wound the infection has got to be something you have to watch constantly -for sure and one of the things happening is the skin is one of the most important organs of the body. Is our first barrier against the environment. You have a high risk of infection. The more surface area is burned, the higher the risk of infection will go for sure. Low blood volume comes in the dangerously low body temperature. That’s interesting. you have a burn victim and is a heat transfer, you have a low body temperature. what will happen with a low body temperature this is mostly for larger burns. one of the parts of treatment is stopping the burn you have to remove all clothes some people apply dressing table but ice or other cool things in the legal the temperature, especially when you’re exposing the patient in the operating room. the body will lose energy. you lose the temperature and that’s up and become hypothermic. we try to treat those patients in a warm situation. warm rooms for them, warm operating rooms to prevent loss of temperature. And the breathing problems we saw, it all comes into play. once you are burned, your body starts to work differently and shutdown in certain areas. you have to make sure your oxygen is maintained properly. when you are suffering — when you’re in a confined place, there might be a component of smoke inhalation. for a degree of terminal injury and exchange of burns to your airways. those will compromise your capacity to brief. breathe. scarring is something we see in the later stage. there will be a late complication afterwards, especially depending on how the burns are treated. that will lead to higher degree of scarring for sure.
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