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of 'Treatment of superficial burns requiring hospital admission'
Management of perineal and genital burns.
J ET Nurs. 1993;20(4):169.
Burn injuries to the perineum and genitals present the bedside care provider with a unique set of management problems. Traditionally, thermal injuries to these areas have been allowed to close by secondary intention, with epithelialization occurring from remnants protected within skin folds. Partial-thickness wounds of the perineum and genitals must be kept clean and free of bacterial infection to prevent necrosis and development of full-thickness injury. Although full-thickness thermal injuries to the penis and vulva are rare, they require special attention during the immediate postgrafting period to ensure complete engraftment. Control of scarring in this area requires tailor-made pressure garments, with customized inserts to provide controlled pressure to the skin folds.