Burn and Trauma Care Dressing Changes Using Double Antibiotic Ointment
Burn and Trauma Care Dressing Changes Using Double Antibiotic Ointment

You may use any double antibiotic ointment. The ointment helps protect against infection and keeps the burn moist.

Instructions
  • Change the dressing once daily at bath or shower time.
  • If needed, give a dose of pain medication prior to the dressing change and wait 30 minutes. 
  • Remove the dressing before giving your child a bath or shower. Soak the burn for 10-15 minutes. Use soap and water on a soft wash cloth to gently clean the burn area.
  • Pat the burn dry.
  • If the burn covers a joint (knee, elbow, finger) or is on the palm of the hand, do stretches while the dressing is off. 
  • Apply the antibiotic ointment to the burn then cover with a non-stick gauze and wrap with the supplies given to you. 
Tips 
  • Yellow drainage from the burn is normal and is not a sign of infection.
  • Bleeding sometimes occurs during the dressing change. Bleeding is a good thing because it is a sign of healthy tissue. Hold pressure with gauze or clean wash cloth to stop the bleeding if necessary.
Signs of infection
  • Redness around the burn with or without a rash
  • Blue/green drainage
  • Fever of more than 101°F (38.3°C)

If you see any signs of infection or have any other questions or concerns, please call the Burn Unit at (816) 234-3520.

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