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Referral to Regional Burn Units
The following are the Australia & New Zealand Burn Association (ANZBA) guidelines for which patients should be referred to their own Regional Burn Unit:
· Burns greater than 10% total body surface area (TBSA).
· Burns of special areas, e.g. the face, hands, feet, genitalia, perineum, and major joints.
· Full thickness burns greater than 5% TBSA.
· Electrical burns (including lightning injury).
· Chemical burns.
· Burn injury with inhalation injury.
· Circumferential burns of the limbs or chest.
· Burns at the extremes of age, i.e. young children and the elderly.
· Burn injury in patients with pre-existing medical disorders that could complicate management, prolong recovery, or affect mortality.
Any patient with burns and concomitant trauma (e.g. fractures) in which the burn injury poses the greater immediate risk of morbidity or mortality.
For all referrals to Regional Burn Units, please complete the National Burn Service Referral Form.
The Burn Service personnel are happy to be consulted regarding any other patients if there are concerns or advice needed.
National Burn Centre transfers
For National Burn Centre referrals, an on-call burn nurse is available to assist with transfer arrangements after agreement between the referring Regional Burn Unit and the National Burn Centre team has been reached.
Published: 17-May-2013 | Enquiries: National Burn Service Coordinator