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Third degree burns

Current definition

ABI+

March 2022

Third Degree Burns – covering 20% of the body’s surface area or 20% loss of surface area of the face

Burns that involve damage or destruction of the skin to its full depth through to the underlying tissue and covering at least 20% of the body’s surface area or 20% loss of surface area of the face which for the purpose of this definition includes the forehead and ears.

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We've updated the loss of surface area of the face to 20% from 50%.

 

Previous definitions

ABI+

November 2015

Third degree burns – covering 20% of the body’s surface area or 50% loss of surface area of the face

Burns that involve damage or destruction of the skin to its full depth through to the underlying tissue and covering at least 20% of the body’s surface area or 50% loss of surface area of the face which for the purpose of this definition includes the forehead and ears.