Volume 9, Issue 3: Pain management in child burn injuriesAuthor: Gregory Whitley
Pain management in child burn injuries: a hot topic
It’s a wet and windy Saturday afternoon and you have just booked clear at the local emergency
department when you are dispatched to a 3-year-old girl with a scald injury. On arrival at an
unkempt property you find her screaming with her arm under the cold tap, the child’s father seems
irate and agitated. How do you best assess the scene and manage this patient?
Remember: You need to write this bit (particularly if you are a paramedic and the HCPC might get to
Children are particularly susceptible to burn injuries. Within England and Wales, the most common
cause of childhood burn referral and admission is scald. This article examines the various issues
involved in managing such injuries in children, including any safeguarding concerns. It outlines the
criteria for transport to a burns unit; burn measurement and treatment in children and pain
measurement and treatment in children using age appropriate tools. This will help you assess and
manage these patients safely and effectively.