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Thermal (Heat or Fire) Burns (cont.)

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At the hospital, the doctor will take a history and perform a physical examination to determine the extent and severity of the burn.

  • In determining the extent of the burn, the doctor may use a tool called the "Rule of Nines." This tool is a formula that divides the surface area of the body into sections, each roughly 9%. Determining the amount of surface area burned helps the doctor decide on treatment of the burn.
  • No special diagnostic tests are needed.
  • The doctor will determine whether the burn or burns are superficial, partial thickness, or full thickness and begin treatment appropriately.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/30/2014

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