‘Burns, a neglected epidemic’ - burn society

2017-08-03 06:00
PHOTO: omega moagi Paediatricians at the event - Dr Lovelene Ramouthar and Bijai Singh.

PHOTO: omega moagi Paediatricians at the event - Dr Lovelene Ramouthar and Bijai Singh.

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MEDICOAST Wound Clinic Margate held a burns conference at St Michaels Sands Hotel on Saturday.

A range of speakers, including psychologists, paediatricians, dieticians, occupational therapists and physiotherapist were invited to train local health-care professionals on burn wound treatment.

President of the SA Burn Society Dr Nikki Allorto said burns in the medical field were a neglected
epidemic.

“It’s a big problem that affects the vulnerable sectors of society, yet it is so severely poorly taught in undergraduate medical, nursing and allied health schools.”

Allorto said a lack of interest in the sector in the medical field has led to its widespread neglect.

“Part of the cause [for the
neglect] is the emotional difficulty in dealing with injured patients because they have injuries that look disfigured and scary,” said Allorto, adding that compassion, an accurate assessment and a multidisciplinary team approach was paramount in dealing with burn patients.

Contrary to popular belief
paraffin and flames are not the main causes of burn injuries, she said.

“It is mostly [caused by] accidents around the home, including cooking, making tea and bathing. Flame burns amount to only about a third of injuries in South Africa,” said Allorto.

Sister Elsje Burger from Medicoast Wound Clinic said they were pleased with the outcome of the conference, and the new Shelley Beach Hospital being built will have the first specialised burns unit in the region.

Burger thanked sponsors
Global Laboratories, Medika,
Maisha Medical, Coloplast, Smith & Nephew, Molycke Health Care, Endomed, BSN, Umzinsi/Convatec, Cynthia`s Butchery, Lightning Printers, Screens and Signs and St
Michael Sands Hotel for their support.

To register to become a tissue donor to help burn patients, visit www.recycleme.co.za

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