National Burn Awareness Week 2015, February 1-7

This year, National Burn Awareness Week is celebrated February 1-7, 2015 focusing on different types of burns and their prevention.

Since burn injuries are common in the U.S., especially among children, awareness regarding the prevention of burn injuries and proper wound care is critical. National Burn Awareness Week is celebrated each year to kick off a year full of burn awareness education to both adults and children. This year, it is celebrated from February 1st to the 7th providing an opportunity for burn, fire and life safety educators to unite and share a common burn awareness and prevention message.

Each year, Shriners Hospitals for Children, which sponsors the national week, asks people to be aware of common burn types (electrical, chemical and thermal burns) and take proper steps to stay safe. This year, this institution will use the week to start a year-long campaign focused on teaching adults and children to “Be Burn Aware,” especially at home. Several other renowned institutions have put forward many programs in honor of Burn Awareness Week. The American Burn Association focuses on scald injury prevention campaign while providing the following prevention resources.

* Cooking Safety for Older Adults – Dos and Don’ts

* Pediatric Scalds – Dos and Don’ts

* Consumer Resources for Burn Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights the dangers posed by cigarettes. As per the National Fire Data Center, smoking caused 7,800 fires in residential buildings in the U.S. during 2011, which resulted in 305 deaths and 1,050 injuries. Most of these injuries were preventable. In recognition of National Burn Awareness Week, students will witness extinguish a “smoking” 3-foot pack of cigarettes and distribute fire prevention booklets.

Just as prevention, treatment for burns is quite important. Treatment varies according to the type of burn. In the case of wet and dry chemical burns, treatment involves removing the poisonous product as per the labeled directions and instructions. On the other hand, a number of factors need to be considered for the treatment of thermal burns such as the type of burn, severity, the patient’s medical history, age and condition.

Wound care physicians as well as nurses depend upon wound documentation to understand the nature of the wound and provide proper care. Specialty EMR such as wound EMR can help them access the wound details more efficiently and expedite the wound care process.