Burn Wound Healing: Clinical Complications, Medical Care, Treatment, and Dressing Types: The Current State of Knowledge for Clinical Practice

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Jan 25;19(3):1338. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19031338.


According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is estimated that each year approximately 11 million people suffer from burn wounds, 180,000 of whom die because of such injuries. Regardless of the factors causing burns, these are complicated wounds that are difficult to heal and are associated with high mortality rates. Medical care of a burn patient requires a lot of commitment, experience, and multidirectional management, including surgical activities and widely understood pharmacological approaches. This paper aims to comprehensively review the current literature concerning burn wounds, including classification of burns, complications, medical care, and pharmacological treatment. We also overviewed the dressings (with an emphasis on the newest innovations in this field) that are currently used in medical practice to heal wounds.

Keywords: burn; burn injury; care; microbiology; treatment; wound dressing; wound healing.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bandages*
  • Burns* / therapy
  • Humans
  • Knowledge
  • Patient Care
  • Wound Healing