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A casualty has burnt their arm on an iron. They are not wearing jewellery near the burn. After cooling the burn for 20 minutes under running water, it looks like a blister is forming. What should you do next?

Possible Answers:

Cling film (or a clean plastic bag) should be used to reduce the risk of infection, and to reduce pain by keeping air from the skin's surface

Cling film should be applied LOSELY to give the wound space to swell. Do not wrap the wound tightly as this could lead to further injury as it swells.

If cling film or a clean plastic bag is not available, you can also use a dry dressing or other non-fluffy material.

While cooling the burn, carefully remove any clothing or jewellery near the burn, unless it's attached to the skin, before the area begins to swell.


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