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When your skin is damaged by a burn, turn to Essentia Health for care that helps you heal and prevents infection. Find care for all types of burns including chemical burns, electrical burns, sunburns, and thermal (heat) burns, including frostbite.
Burn care is provided across Essentia Health by primary care providers and emergency room physicians. In Duluth, Minnesota, Essentia offers advanced burn care at the Burn Intensive Care Unit in the Miller-Dwan Building.
Burns are classified into four levels of severity:
Call 911 or get care at your local emergency department if a burn:
It can take 24 to 48 hours to determine the full depth and impact of a burn.
Minor burns that are smaller than three inches can often be treated at home. To soothe pain, redness, and swelling:
Don’t put ice directly on your skin. Don’t break blisters. If blisters break on their own, clean the area with soap and water and use an antibiotic cream.
After a burn, call your doctor if you:
If you need a specialist’s care to help your burn injury heal, your doctor may refer you to a wound clinic in your community.
If you or a loved one experiences a severe burn, get 24/7 care from a highly skilled team at the Burn Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Essentia Health-Duluth (Miller-Dwan Building). You’ll benefit from experts who use advanced treatments to:
Your Burn ICU team is led by a board-certified plastic surgeon. It may also include:
Your care team will meet with you and your loved ones daily to answer questions and give updates.
Your burn care team will continue to support you while you access rehabilitation services in the same building that holds the Burn ICU. Trust that you’ll get superior care because the rehabilitation department meets high standards set by CARF International.
If you or a loved one has a severe burn, call 911 or visit your local emergency department right away.