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Treating shock in the field

Treating Burns

For burns, the immediate goals are to relieve pain, prevent infection, and treat for shock.

  • First- and second-degree burns with closed blisters are best treated with cold water.
    • Immerse the burned area, or cover it with cloths that have been soaked in cold water—don’t use ice water.
    • Avoid using butter or any type of greasy ointment because they can interfere with healing and cause an allergic reaction.
  • Second- and third-degree burns with open blisters should be wrapped with a loose, dry dressing.
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