Treatment for burn blisters: debride or leave intact?

Murphy, Faye and Amblum, Jeshni (2014) Treatment for burn blisters: debride or leave intact? Emergency Nurse, 22(2), pp. 24-27. ISSN (print) 1354-5752


This article presents findings from a systematic literature review of whether blisters arising from minor burns should be de-roofed or left intact. It discusses the risks of infection, healing outcomes, discomfort, choice of dressings and costs associated with each method, and reveals that debriding blisters larger than the patient's little fingernail while leaving smaller ones intact is generally agreed to be the best option. The article also explains external factors that influence the choice of whether to debride or leave blisters intact, reviews policy at the trust where one of the authors works in the context of the research and makes recommendations for practice.

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