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Crispy Critters with Honey Sauce (burn module)
« on: May 23, 2009, 12:06:46 AM »
Burn Module

Burns come in many barbecued flavors from minor and irritating to the severe and death dealing.  Here again, we have been slathering stuff on burns for over a thousand years, yet there is disagreement even among burn centers about what works “best” for each type of burn.  Here is a link to a good concise review about burn classification and modern treatment methods:

Sunburn (superficial and partial thickness) is by far the most common type of burn.  Once again, prevention is key and every outdoor travel kit should include at least one tube of high quality SPF 30 sun block, a hat with good sun protection, long sleeve shirt and pants.  Mud is a survival alternative, or maybe sand sprinkled onto well-oiled skin.

There are several common medications that may place an individual at increased risk for severe sunburns, here is a list to be aware of:
Here are some simple tips to help determine if evacuation to a higher level of care is warranted:
The burn is waxy, leathery, or charred, also often painless.
Large blisters that cover joints/hands/face/groin
Burns that are caused by electricity, chemicals, blast injury, or sticky substances (tar, plastic, etc.)
Burns larger than a dollar bill (my estimate of what is a “large burn”)
Burns that become infected, or blisters with cloudy fluid
All of the above are advanced burns, this is another topic for another day.

The minor wound module covers most of the items I would use for burn treatment:

Minor burn treatment (superficial and partial thickness) is one area where I will diverge from modern slathering efforts.   I do not carry Silvadene Cream 1% (silver sulfadiazine), 5% Sulfamylon solution (mafenide acetate), nor Aloe Vera in my 3-day remote care first-aid kit.  I do carry 4 small packets of honey to back up and/or augment my use of bacitracin ointment.  There is evidence (but I wouldn't say strong evidence) that honey is better than Silvadene Cream.  Honey can also serve to treat someone for hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), and some superficial infections resistant to bacitracin ointment.  Duel use is best for my purposes. Botulism warning: Although a rare condition, don't feed it to kids under 12 months old.  Although there are some theoretical discussions about the potential for introducing botulism spores into a wound, I have been unable to find ANY reported cases.  If this is a concern to you, you may want to consider a medical grade (radiation sterilized) honey product called Medihoney.  For my purposes, the high cost far outweighs the level of risk.
If you are interested in reading more about the medical use of honey:

(Don't take my advice without proper training, ALWAYS consult your medical provider before taking ANY medications OR providing medical treatment.)
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