The use of polyvinyl chloride film (clingfilm) with burn injury in the pre-hospital setting—the clear facts

Responding to burn patients within the pre-hospital setting, ‘stop the burning process, cool the burn injury, assess and then cover’ is the recommended management procedure included in the standard trauma protocol pathway, endorsed by international burn associations throughout the world. However, the introduction of the use of polyvinyl chloride film (clingfilm) in the pre-hospital setting continues to generate considerable confusion among emergency medical and rescue practitioners responding to burn-injured patients. The use of polyvinyl chloride film (clingfilm) does have a supportive role in burn injury management—just not in the immediate phase of emergency burn care.This paper provides an overview of the clinically-evidenced pathway for the potential use of polyvinyl chloride film (clingfilm), as advocated by leading international emergency burn care and trauma associations.

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