Study confirms 20-minute water cooling for burns

Water cooling for 20-25 minutes should be the required standard when treating acute burn injuries, research by Australia’s leading burns specialists has confirmed.

While water cooling has long been recommended as a first aid measure for burns, there has been little research into outcomes or the optimum duration of water cooling, says Professor Fiona Wood, director of the Royal Perth Hospital Burns Unit.

In a world-first study, Professor Wood and colleagues examined data from more than 2320 patients admitted to burns units between 2009 and 2014.