First aid for burns: too little, too late and often wrong

Ela J Hyland, John G Harvey and Andrew J A Holland
Med J Aust 2014; 200 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.11179
Published online: 3 February 2014

To the Editor: The Australian and New Zealand Burns Association (ANZBA) defines adequate first aid for acute burns as 20 minutes of cold running water within the first 3 hours of a burn injury.1 Despite first aid campaigns, inappropriate and inadequate first aid treatment for burns continues to occur.2

  • Ela J Hyland
  • John G Harvey
  • Andrew J A Holland

  • The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, NSW.



We would like to acknowledge the State Burn Injury Service, New South Wales, for its valuable contribution.

Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.


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