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Ann Fowler, BSc, DSPN, RCN, is clinical nurse specialist, Centre for Plastic Reconstructive and Burns Surgery, Mount Vernon Hospital, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust
Superficial burns and superficial partial-thickness burns can be managed at home or on an outpatient basis. More severe injuries should be referred for specialist treatment at a burns unit. If a superficial partial-thickness burn does not show signs of healing after 10 days, the patient should be referred to the local burns and plastic surgery service as the injury may be infected or deeper than had originally been suspected.