Topic of the Month – Burns

It has been another busy month reviewing and creating pages for the Physiopedia Content Team. With over 3,500 pages of physiotherapy / physical therapy content this is no mean feat but to help keep us focused every month we choose a topic to review. This enables us to keep improving all of our existing pages as well as creating new ones. The team focuses on updating references and ensuring there are no formatting errors but most important of all the search for the latest evidence and update the pages accordingly.

In November we continued our efforts to creating and editing pages in response to the explosion in Beirut in August.  Last month the topic of the month centred around hand injuries, so this month we decided to look at how we could help our colleagues by focusing on Burns.  This month the team, led by Vidya one of our volunteers, reviewed all the pages relating to burns from healing to rehabilitation.

Burns are a global public health problem, accounting for an estimated 180,000 deaths annually. Injuries from burns can range from superficial (first degree) burns to burns that penetrate deep into the skin (third degree).  Physiotherapy plays a vital role in the rehabilitation of burns whether splinting to aid healing or interventions to improve movement and reduce scar tissue once healing has taken place.  Physiotherapy can also help those who experience symptoms from smoke inhalation, most often we think about tissue damage, forgetting the effects on the lungs and respiratory system.

The team have created some awesome pages and made lots of edits to some of our current pages. They have updated references, found videos and images to improve the learning experience, but don’t take my word for it, you can see some of the pages our team created and reviewed below:

This is just a brief list of all the pages that were created and reviewed this month.  Why not find a quiet corner, grab a cup of coffee and have a browse through some the Burns category, there are too many pages to discuss them all here!

We aim to review as many pages as possible each month and create pages that are needed but if you see pages that need improving or creating, not just on the topic of the month, please feel free to contact us with your comments. Physiopedia is a resource created by physiotherapists for physiotherapists. Your feedback is necessary and always welcome.