First Aid saves lives, time and health costs - Dr Fiona Wood

First Aid saves lives, time and health costs - Dr Fiona Wood

14 August 2012

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Burns surgeon Professor Fional Wood AM is urging "everyone" to learn first aid, to cut both treatment time and healthcare costs.  The former Australian of the Year and director of the Western Australian Burns Service is best known for her work with victims of the Bali bombings in 2002.

Clare Peddie, Social Reporter, The Advertiser

In Adelaide yesterday for a national conference on clinical leadership, run by the Joanna Briggs Institute and University of Adelaide, Professor Wood said "simple burns first aid made a huge difference."

"Clean, cool running water on a childs scald will reduce that burn wound by 80 per cent," she said.

"That is going to change the health budget, because that is now a burn that will heal conservatively, without surgical intervention and will not require a pressure garment.  "Just a bit of sunblock and sun protection for three months." The alternative is surgical intervention scar management and then reconstructive surgery ... so that's a 1:20 cost differentiation for understanding that burns first aid matters."

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