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A lack of evidence-based care not only contributes to extended healing trajectories and increased cost but could also have detrimental effects for the patient. Chronic wounds, specifically lower leg ulcers of venous aetiology, are often complex and challenging to heal.
Thermal damage to the skin that just breaches the dermis but leaves many islands of basal epithelial cells intact is named a partial thickness burn. Due to the multitude of these islands, re-epithelialisation occurs within 7-14 days and the largely intact dermis means the scar is of good quality. This is the natural history of a truly superficial partial thickness burn.
Burns destroy skin, which controls the amount of heat our bodies retain or release, holds in fluids and protects us from infection. While minor burns on fingers and hands are usually not dangerous, burns injuring even relatively small areas of skin can cause serious complications.