Burnaid 8″x8″ Dressing Burn Relief Gel Bandage
The Burnaid Dressings
- Size: 8″ x 8″ (20 cm x 20 cm)
- Code: BD10
- Burnaid gel impregnate open cell foam sterile dressing
- Superficial to full thickness burns
- Covers burn area with 10cm radius
What is BURNAID & how does it work?
The Burnaid range consists of sterile gel impregnated burn dressings and sachets and tubes of gel, for the immediate first aid treatment of burns. Burnaid rapidly cools the burn helping to prevent further tissue damage and aid the healing process, and offers the patient rapid and ongoing pain relief.
Burnaid Gel consists of in excess of 90% water trapped in a proprietary gel, containing a small percentage of Melaleuca Oil – a naturally occurring substance, steam distilled from the leaves of the Australian Melaleuca alternifolia tree. Melaleuca Oil is a proven antiseptic, which exhibits local anaesthetic and antiinflammatory properties.
The Burnaid Dressing consists of a 3mm thick pad of open cell foam impregnated with the Burnaid gel. When placed on a burn, a 3mm layer of gel is held on the skin.
From the patient’s perspective, they are afforded almost immediate pain relief from the cooling gel and the anaesthetic properties of the Melaleuca Oil. The cooling property of the dressing helps to halt the burn progression and minimizes further tissue damage. Furthermore being in excess of 90% water, the Dressing re-hydrates the burn Burnaid Dressings are sterile and exhibit mild biocidal properties – helping to prevent secondary infection.
From a management perspective, Burnaid Dressings provide an effective and simple way of relieving pain and treating burns. The dressing is placed on the burn and stays in-situ for up to two hours. There is no requirement to keep irrigating the burn, nor is there any ‘run-off’. Furthermore the need to administer narcotics for pain relief can be greatly reduced. The Dressing doesn’t disguise the extent of the burn. When the burn needs to be further examined, the nonadherent dressing simply lifts off and any residual gel rinsed off.
The Burnaid Dressing allows for easy transport to medical attention, as the gel stays ‘in-situ’ on the skin far better than chilled-water irrigated dressings. Furthermore as the first response treatment in accident and emergency wards or ER’s, the Dressing need only be applied once – saving nursing resources and time. The Dressing has many other practical benefits – especially where clean cold water is not readily available.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can Burnaid be used on deep or full thickness burns?
Yes it can – Burnaid can be used on all degrees of burns, from sunburn superficial, partial and full thickness burns, even where there are open skin wounds. Extensive testing and trials of the Burnaid Hydrogel have shown it will not cause any tissue damage. Burnaid is completely sterile that will help with secondary infection and protect the wound.
- Because Burnaid contains a small amount of Tea Tree Oil are there concerns regards allergies?
Burnaid dressings and gel do contain a small percentage of Melaleuca Alternifolia or Tea Tree Oil (TTO). Extensive studies have shown that pure TTO 50% and 100% solutions have a 2/100 reaction rate. This is equivalent to any type of reaction rate for hand soaps sanitizers etc. Since Burnaid use a 1% and 4% TTO solution diluted into its hydrogel possible reactions are even smaller.
- Will Burnaid cause Hypothermia?
Any type of cooling modality has the potential to cause hypothermia. Burnaid has a less chance of causing hypothermia than running water over full body surface area as it is target specific to the burn area. Placing the Burnaid dressing directly over the affect area cools the burn and avoids rapid cooling on other body surface area as does showering or hosing the patient. Care should be taken to avoid hypothermia especially in those patients who are most at risk; infants, elderly and those with large surface area burns. For these high risk patients it is recommended to cover Burnaid dressings with blankets, cling film or light open weave bandages to reduce the convection and heat loss. Any heat that is transferred out of the burn injury will be transferred back onto the patient maintaining a normo-thermic core body temperature.
- I have been told I cannot use any creams or lotions on Burns and only water?
That is correct. Other creams or lotions are petroleum or waxed based and can trap heat on the wound. They can also cover the wound in a film like substance and make wound assessment for medical practitioners difficult. Burnaid dressings and gels are a water based gel >90% water in a gel that breaks down with heat from the burn injury. This releases water onto the wound and cools through evaporation and convection airflow. It is completely water soluble and any extra gel breaks down and washed away with flushing of water or saline. Burnaid is water in a gel.