Burns - Jonathan Heather

Date Published: 
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

 Jonathan Heather is a New Zealand trained plastic surgeon working at Counties Manukau plastics unit, the National Burns Centre and privately at the North Shore Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Clinic. Jonathan talks about burns in primary care.




  • Considerations when assessing burns (ABCs)
  • Initial management and first aid
  • Red flags and when to refer
  • When to think about toxic shock
  • Burns around the eye area
  • Which burns to manage in primary care
  • Management of blisters
  • Reassessing burns at 3-5 days

Take home message

  • Small burns can be appropriately managed in primary care.
  • Refer inhalational burns or burns of 5% coverage in children or 10% in adults.
  • Burns that aren’t healing at 2-3 weeks might require surgery.
  • Any cases can be consulted with the regional burn units.
  • Always consider non accidental burns particularly if the burn and the story don’t add up.




Jonathan Heather
Plastic Surgeon

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