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In an Emergency

West Penn Burn Center - in an emergency

If someone is burned:

  • Stop the burning process.  Separate the victim from the heat source; if there are flames, smother them with a thick blanket or wet towel. Remove clothing and jewelry.

  • Cool the burned area with lukewarm or cool water for up to 10 minutes.
  • Cover the burned area with a clean, dry cloth—a sheet or pillowcase works well.
  • Do not:
    • apply ice
    • spread butter, ointments or home remedies over the burn
    • break burn blisters
  •  If there are no blisters and the burn victim is alert and breathing normally, call youf family doctor for instruction.
  • If the burned area is blistered or bleeding, or if the burn victim is unconscious or is having trouble breathing, seek emergency medical treatment immediately or call 911.

For adult or pediatric burn emergencies, contact West Penn Burn Center at 412.578.5273, 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week.

To learn more, visit the American Burn Association Web site at www.ameriburn.org.

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