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UMC offers advice on helping burn patients at the scene

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As we told you at the top of the news, five of the seven people injured in the explosion this morning were sent to the burn unit at UMC. That's where they treat about 2,000 burn injuries every year.

Chris Teague, Director of UMC EMS, says it's normal for people to want to help burn patients at the scene.  But if you follow some old wives tales, like using butter or ice packs, you could do more harm than good.  

"Get it clean. Just make sure that you get all the burning stopped, and you get it wrapped up with a clean towel or something. You don't need to put any dressings on it or anything like that. Get it cleaned, cover it up, and then call the burn center."

If you're looking for a program at your school or organization, the burn unit helps educate the community on burn tips and prevention. Just call 775-9315 to make arrangements.

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