Raising awareness around the correct first aid treatment for minor burns.

National Burns Awareness Month will be held for the first time in June 2016, to provide awareness around the correct first aid treatment for minor burns. It is being led by the Julian Burton Burns Trust, Australia’s leading community organisation dedicated to burn injury, with the support of Burnaid® gel, a Mundipharma Pty Limited product.

88% of minor burns occur at home(1) and with an increased risk in winter(2). Although the overwhelming majority of Australian burn sufferers (88%) know it is important to treat a burn immediately, alarmingly 90% don’t know the correct treatment for a burn(1). There is a significant need for greater awareness of the correct first aid treatment.

During National Burns Awareness Month, a series of educational initiatives will be hosted Australia wide, highlighting the importance of prevention of burns and helping Australians know how to best treat minor burns.

Joern Packross, Director of Consumer Health at Mundipharma, said: “Mundipharma has been supporting the Julian Burton Burns Trust for years and we are delighted to partner with them for the first National Burns Awareness Month. This initiative provides a fantastic opportunity to break down some of the many misconceptions when it comes to the best way to treat everyday burns, and will have a significant impact on improving health outcomes in the community.”

Julian Burton OAM, Founder of the Julian Burton Burns Trust who also suffered life-threatening burn injuries in the 2002 Bali Bombings, commented: “Correct burns first aid of ‘Remove – Cool – Cover’ is important to stop the burning process. REMOVE yourself from danger and remove any clothing or jewellery around the affected burn area; COOL the burn under cool running water for 20 minutes and then COVER with a hydrogel, such as Burnaid® gel, to help relieve the pain and then cover with a clean dressing.”

Professor Fiona Wood, President, Australian & New Zealand Burn Association (ANZBA), added: “Cool running water for 20-minutes is key to minimising the impact of burns and it is critical to raise awareness of this simple step as the first action to take when suffering from a minor burn. The inaugural National Burns Awareness Month is a great initiative to drive this much needed education on the treatment of minor burns, at a community level.”

 

 

Minor Burns Facts(1):
88% of minor burns occur in the home 
5% of minor burns occur at work 
58% of burns are due to hot surfaces. Most notably metal in the oven (as opposed to steam / hot water/ flames or hot liquid) 
77% of minor burns are on the hands and wrist 
75% of consumers who have experienced a burn believe the recommended duration for running a burn under cool water is 10 minutes or less

For more information about the month and correct first aid treatment of minor burns, visit:
Julian Burton Burns Trust – www.burnstrust.com.au
Australian & New Zealand Burn Association (ANZBA), the peak body for health professionals responsible for the care of the burn injured in Australia and New Zealand – www.anzba.org.au
Twitter @BurnsAwareMonth 
Facebook – Julian Burton Burns Trust

For more information about Burnaid®, visit www.burnaid.com.au.
Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional.

 

References:
1 Burns Awareness research – commissioned by Mundipharma Pty Limited Conducted by Galkal, 22-29 May, 2015, national sample of 515 Australians aged 18 years and older (who had suffered a burn in last 6 months)
2 BRANZ Burns Registry of Australia and New Zealand, Annual Report, ANNUAL REPORT, 1st July 2013 –30th June 2014

 

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