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A burn is any injury to tissues of the body caused by heat, electricity, chemicals or radiation. Burn injuries are painful and can leave permanent physical and psychological scars. According to the Journal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation, in the early nineties there were over 2.4 million reported burn injuries per year in the United States. Of these incidents, over a million resulted in substantial injury.

Serious burns are complex injuries. In addition to the burn injury itself, a number of other functions may be affected. Burn injuries can affect muscles, bones, nerves, and blood vessels. The respiratory system can be damaged, with possible airway obstruction, respiratory failure and respiratory arrest. Since burns injure the skin, they impair the body's normal fluid/electrolyte balance, body temperature, body thermal regulation, joint function, manual dexterity, and physical appearance. In addition to the physical damage caused by burns, patients also may suffer emotional and psychological problems that begin at the emergency scene and could last a long time.

Trauma & Shock
Trauma is defined as an injury caused by a physical force; examples include the consequences of motor vehicle accidents, falls, drowning, gunshots, fires and burns, and stabbing or other physical assault.

According to the American Trauma Society, 100,000 Americans of all ages die from trauma each year, and trauma kills more people between the ages of 1 and 44 than any other disease or illness. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, trauma (including unintentional injuries and homicides) causes:

  • 43 percent of all deaths from ages 1-4
  • 48 percent of all deaths from ages 5-14
  • 62 percent of all deaths from ages 15-24

Shock is defined as "circulatory collapse," when the arterial blood pressure is too low to maintain an adequate supply of blood to the body's tissues.

Shock is characterized by cold and sweaty skin, weak and rapid pulse, irregular breathing, dry mouth, dilated pupils, and reduced flow of urine. Shock can be caused by internal or external bleeding (hypovolemic shock), dehydration, burns, or severe vomiting and/or diarrhea--all of which involve the loss of large amounts of bodily fluids.

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