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Third degree burns

Date: May 2011


Burns that involve damage or destruction of the skin to its full depth through to the underlying tissue and covering at least 20% of the bodys surface area or 50% loss of surface area of the face which for the purpose of this definition includes the forehead and ears.


What does this mean?

Third degree burns are the most serious type of burn. They involve the destruction of the full thickness of the skin and can cause damage to the fat, muscle and bone beneath.

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