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Saturday , November 10 , 2012
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5-bed burns wards in capital hospitals

Festive fireworks have a dangerous side — blistering burns. So, Ranchi is playing it safe.

The capital, which sees more than 20 firecracker victims at state-run RIMS every year, has decided to arm all its 60 private and government hospitals and nursing homes with provisional, but fully equipped, five-bed burns wards on November 13 and 14.

Only RIMS and Dev Kamal Hospital have such wards.

The wards will be manned by paramedics, 60 of whom learnt post-burns management from city’s noted cosmetic surgeon Dr Anant Sinha at a maiden workshop organised by the administration at the district collectorate on Friday.

Deputy commissioner Vinay Kumar Choubey, additional collector Dipankar Panda and other officials were also present at the two-hour training, which started at noon.

“Prevention is always better than cure. Diwali revellers must be careful and children should not burst crackers alone. But, despite all safety measures, accidents and injuries can occur without a warning sign,” Sinha said in his address and offered the following methods to deal with burns —

Keep it cool

Place the wound under cold, clean, running water for 10 minutes or until the pain subsides. A piece of cloth dipped in chilled water can also be placed over the affected area. However, do not place ice or butter on the wound, as it can make the pain much worse.

Carefully try to remove burnt clothes sticking to the injury. Remove rings, belt, watch, shoes, lenses or any other accessory worn by the victim before the affected area swells. Take extra care not to break any blisters caused by burning

Cover it up

After the burning sensation cools and, if the wound is not of serious nature, apply ointment designed for burns and cover it with clean and dry cloth or bandage.

Tip: Very minor burns can be treated with herbal applications such as coconut oil, neem oil, aloe or honey dressing

Under the scalpel

If the degree of burns is high, the victim must be rushed to one of the special wards at any hospital or nursing home.

Escharotomy, a surgical procedure, may become necessary to treat full thickness or third-degree circumferential burns, besides administering intravenous fluids within 24 hours of injury.