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When Should You Seek Medical Attention For a Burn Injury?

Burn prevention is key, however, accidents do happen and we encourage you to follow the American Burn Association guidelines. FULL VIDEO

The American Burn Association identifies the following as injuries requiring a Burn Center referral:


2nd degree burns greater than 10% total body surface area (TBSA).


Burns that involve the face, hands, feet, genitalia, perineum, or major joints.


Third degree burns in any age group.


Electrical burns, including lightning injury.


Chemical burns.


Inhalation injury.


Circumferential burns to chest/extremities.


Additional considerations:

* Burn injury in patients with pre-existing medical disorders that could complicate management, prolong recovery, or affect mortality. * Any patient with burns and concomitant trauma (such as fractures) in which the burn injury poses the greatest risk of morbidity or mortality. In such cases, if the trauma poses the greater immediate risk, the patient may be initially stabilized in a trauma center before being transferred to a burn unit. Physician judgment will be necessary in such situations and should be in concert with the regional medical control plan and triage protocols. * Burned children in hospitals without qualified personnel or equipment for the care of children. * Burn injury in patients who will require special social, emotional, or rehabilitative intervention.

Excerpted from Guidelines for the Operation of Burn Centers (pp. 79-86), Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient 2006, Committee on Trauma, American College of Surgeons


If you or someone you care about is injured by a burn, the skilled and highly trained medical staff of the world-renowned Grossman Burn Centers are available to provide the very best care possible.

7300 Medical Center Drive, West Hills, CA 91307 818-676-4177 24-Hour InPatient 888-676-2876 OutPatient Clinic

Grossman Burn Center at Memorial Hospital 420 34th Street Bakersfield, CA 93301 661-323-BURN (2876) 24-Hour InPatient 661-633-BURN (2876) OutPatient Clinic

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