Acute Management of Hand Burns

Ashwin Soni, Tam N. Pham, Jason Hyunsuk Ko*

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The hand is extremely susceptible to burn injuries, and hand burns can occur in up to 90% of all major burns. A thorough neurovascular examination of the hand should be performed in the acute setting. Escharotomies are required in patients with full-thickness or circumferential burns, when perfusion of the upper extremity is compromised. The decision for excision and grafting is based on whether the wound will heal in the first 2 to 3 weeks after the burn injury. Acute care and resuscitation are always importance in this patient population; subsequent care leads to optimal hand functionality and cosmetic long-term outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)229-236
Number of pages8
JournalHand Clinics
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1 2017


  • Acute
  • Burn excision
  • Hand burns
  • Skin grafting
  • Wound management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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