FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Nearly 500,000 people every year are treated for burns across the US and with Feb. 4th - 12th being Burn Prevention week, St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne officials wants to make sure you're not one of those who end up in their system for burns.
Michelle Diss, a nurse practitioner at St. Joseph Hospital said "Our outpatient clinic, which treats smaller burn injuries, we still have 10,000 to 12,000 visits annually."
It's suggested that if a burn of any kind, be it due to open flame or chemical, is bigger than the palm of your hand, you should see a physician, but there are other symptoms as well.
"Any time you're having fevers or signs of infections like redness or increased pain or even general fatigue, you should be seeing your physician," said Diss.
There are many places were burns can happen, especially in your own home. Diss said there are two main places for burn injuries to happen in the home.
"The kitchen and the bathroom are probably the biggest areas for scald injuries. So, it's just general safety tips. You know, if you're cooking in the kitchen, keep the small children out. Create a kind of safe area where you keep them away from potential scald injuries like hot boiling water."
Dome of the Dos and Don'ts of treating minor burns at home include things like:
- wash your hands with soap and water immediately after an injury occurs
- bandage a wound that has antibiotic ointment on it first to prevent infection
- don't bother blistered or dead skin
- don't put the burn under cold water or a cold compress, as it could send the injured person into shock
But Diss says the best advice is the simplest.
"It's just really slowing down and thinking things through is the best advice we can give you."
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