Minor burn management

A minor burn is one which:

  • does not meet the criteria for referral to a severe burn unit
  • can be managed in a non-burn unit hospital or clinic, or co-managed with a severe burn unit.

Minor burns can be treated, in consultation with the referring clinician, on an outpatient basis. This can happen locally (at the original place of care) or on referral to an ambulatory care burn clinic for assessment. Virtual care can be used for co-management.

These resources support the care of people with minor burns. They were developed based on an evidence review (PDF 2.9 MB) and the extensive clinical experience of the multidisciplinary team members of the NSW severe burn units.

Clinical resources

Minor burn management clinical guidelines

Published: June 2019. Next review: 2024.

Assess burns and manage the pain and wound.

Download the Minor burn management guidelines (PDF 2.1 MB)

Minor burn blister management

Published: February 2019. Next review: 2024.

Clinical guidance for de-roofing blisters.

Download the Minor burn blister management guideline (PDF 114.3 KB)

Education resources

Watch this series of videos to improve your understanding and skills in minor burn management.

Burns assessment and overview - Tracy Hurley

Wound management - Loren Hay

Factors impacting the burn healing process - Madeleine Jacques

Burn pain - acute and chronic pain in the minor burn - Sue Taggart

Understanding referral process and factors to consider with local management - Siobhan Connolly

Biobrane product information and nursing wound management guidelines - Deborah Maze

Self management and pre-habilitation - Miranda Pye

What is a scar - Andrea McKittrick and Anne Darton

Back to top