The burned hand

Juan P. Barret*

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Small burns and superficial burns are the most common injuries admitted to burn centres around the world. In most centres, they account for more than 80-90 % of all admissions [1]. Thanks to prevention programs and the increasing awareness of society regarding burn injuries, the incidence of massive, life threatening burns is declining in the developed countries. However, they continue to be a public health concern throughout the world, especially in middle and low-income countries [2]. Many of them, however, represent major burns by the American Burn Association criteria because they usually are deep burns of hands, face, feet, perineum, and major joints [3] (Table 11.1). Deep minor burns, either deep partial thickness or full thickness burns, have significant morbidity in terms of time to healing, infective complications and subsequent scarring (Fig. 11.1). Conservative management leading to spontaneous healing usually involves prolonged and painful dressing changes and the resultant scar is invariably hypertrophic leading to cosmetic and functional debility. Thus an early surgical approach that tries to preserve dermis and achieve wound healing is preferred.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationDisorders of the Hand
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 3: Inflammation, Arthritis and Contractures
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781447165576
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • Burn blisters
  • Burn hand
  • Dermal template
  • Escharotomy
  • Flaps
  • Frostbite
  • Hypertrophic scar
  • Pressure garment
  • Rehabilitation
  • Silicone
  • Silver sulfadiazine
  • Skin graft
  • Splinting
  • Tangential excision


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