Transfer, Telemedicine and Transportation in Pre-hospital Burn Management

  • Ryan E. AustinEmail author


A significant proportion of burn injuries occur in rural or remote locations without immediate access to a burn centre. As a result, most thermally injured patients are initially assessed and triaged at a pre-hospital healthcare facility before consideration of transfer to a dedicated burn centre. However, not all burn-injured patients require urgent transfer to a burn centre. Ensuring that patients are appropriately transferred and transported from the pre-hospital setting to the burn centre can significantly impact the overall burn care. This chapter reviews (1) the transfer of thermally injured patients from the pre-hospital setting, (2) the role of telemedicine and technology in the pre-hospital management of burn injuries and (3) the determination of the most appropriate method of transportation for thermally injured patients.


Burns Costs and cost analysis Emergency medical services Smartphone Telemedicine Transportation Triage 



The authors declared no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the authorship and publication of this article. There are no sources of financial support to disclose regarding this article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Plastic Surgery ClinicMississaugaCanada

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