Burn Injury Prevention for the Over 60's

Over 60's Spokesperson
Over 60's Group
First Aid

The Julian Burton Burns Trust, with the support of the RAA, has developed a video targeted at burns prevention and first aid for the over 60's age group. For this age group scald burns are the predominant cause of burn injury and the most common activity at the time of injury is cooking. Scalds are caused by either hot fat or oil spills or by boiling water from saucepans and kettles.  

Outcomes for older people suffering a burn injury are usually more severe than for younger people with similar injuries due to age-related changes to the body’s physiology. As we get older we have a decreased ability to cope with the stresses placed on our bodies following an injury. 

This project was made possible by the generous support of the RAA, BHP Billiton, SA State Government and the Fay Fuller Foundation.

Click here to view the 5 minute video. For further information please contact Bethany on 08 7220 2197 or bethany@burnstrust.com.au

FIRST AID QUICK GUIDE
In an emergency call 000
1. REMOVE
Remove any clothing and jewellery from the affected area to allow effective cooling of the burn.
2. COOL
Cool the burn under cool running water for 20 minutes - this will stop the burning process and also help ease the pain.
3. COVER
Cover the burn with a clean lint free cloth or if it is a large area, cover loosely with cling wrap to lessen the chance of infection.
4. SEEK
Seek medical advice if the burn is larger than a 20 cent piece or on the face, hands, feet or groin area.