Full Thickness Burns

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Harold has sustained full thickness burns, partial thickness burns and superficial burns. These burns will have characteristics the full thickness burn destroys the epidermis and dermis layers of the skin and may penetrate more deeply into the underlying structures. A full thickness burn will have a dense white, waxy or even a charred appearance and is not sensitive to a light touch. A light touch is not felt by a patient as the sensory nerves in the dermis have been destroyed (Carville, 2012, p 95). The partial thickness burn extends into the deeper layer of the dermis and will appear moist or dry red or white tissue and blisters. The partial thickness burn has a diminished capillary return, with no or sluggish blanching when pressure is applied
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