First aid to be given to a burn victim

First aid to be given to a burn victim:

  1. Stop the burning process. If the person’s clothing is on fire, smother the flames with a blanket or coat. If the person is burning because of a chemical, flush the area with water for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Cool the burn. Apply cool water or a cold compress to the burn for 10-15 minutes. Do not use ice, as this can damage the tissue.
  3. Cover the burn. Use a clean bandage or cloth to cover the burn. Do not apply any ointments or creams, as this can trap heat and make the burn worse.
  4. Elevate the burn. If possible, elevate the burned area above heart level. This will help to reduce swelling.
  5. Seek medical attention. Seek medical attention for all burns that are larger than 1 inch in diameter, deep, or on the face, hands, or feet. You should also seek medical attention if the burn is caused by a chemical or if the person is experiencing other symptoms, such as fever, chills, or nausea.

Additional tips:

  • If the person’s clothing is stuck to the burn, do not try to remove it. This can damage the skin.
  • Do not break any blisters that form on the burn.
  • Do not apply any ointments or creams to the burn without first consulting with a medical professional.
  • Give the person plenty of fluids to drink to prevent dehydration.

By following these first aid tips, you can help to minimize the severity of a burn and promote healing.

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