Second degree superficial burn are certainly the most common but the more painful burn encoutered by medical staff.
Despite the fact that the prognosis of such type of burn are excellent, the management could be difficult due to pain experienced by the patient. Normally second degree superficial burns complete healing within 2 weeks. There are a lot of habits and protocols which are used in burn centers, but they certainly don’t change the healing time. The major problem medical staff have to deal with is to reduce the pain until the burn heal.
We evaluated the role that Hydrotac® can play in the management of second degree burns. To be enrolled patient must have second degree superficial burns and must be seen between D0 and D3. The dressing was applied and changed two times a week until complete healing.
We focused our study on children and evaluated the dressing on 20 patients. The mean age was 6,8 years old and the location of the burns were: trunk or back (9 cases), abdomen (4 cases), face (2 cases), limb (5 cases).
All the patient healed between D8 and D12. For children who where old enough to evaluate, all have the feeling of pain reduction just after Hydrotac was applied. The dressing change was evaluated as unpainful in all cases. Nurses appreciated the dressing because it reduced the need for change, make the management of such types of burn more easy and ensure a good evolution of the burn.
Finally Hydrotac appeared to be useful in the management of second degree superficial burn by reducing the pain and the number of dressing change.