6-11. APPLY COLD SOAKS, IF APPROPRIATE
If the casualty has second-degree burns on 10 percent or less of his body
surface (no third degree burns) and the situation allows, cool the area with running
water. Do not soak or immerse the effected area in water since this will promote
a. Do not cool for more than 10 minutes. Prolonged cooling can result in
b. Do not apply cooling to third-degree burns. This could increase the risk of
c. Do not apply cooling to extensive burns (over 10 percent BSA burned).
d. Do not place the casualty's body in a tub of water. Hypothermia could
6-12. DRESS THE BURN WOUNDS
Apply dry, sterile dressings over the burned areas. If the burned area is too
large to cover with regular dressings, cover the burned area with a sterile sheet, clean
linen, or the cleanest material available.
a. Do not try to clean the burned area before applying the dressings.
b. Do not place dressings over burns of the face or genitalia.
(1) If the eye area is burned, the burned eyelids will swell to protect the
underlying eye. Protect the eyes from exposure to light.
(2) If the eye area is burned, the casualty is to be evacuated immediately,
If materials are readily available, a loose, sterile gauze dressing moistened with sterile
saline may be placed over each eye.
c. Do not break any blisters that have formed.
d. Do not apply any grease or ointment to the burned areas.