"Treatment for a burn"
About: GPs in the Fremantle Electoral District GPs in the Fremantle Electoral District COCKBURN CENTRAL 6164 Princess Margaret Hospital for Children Princess Margaret Hospital for Children Subiaco 6008
Posted by Fascinated by the approaches (as ),
My child burned their leg on a hot water bottle. It was a bit strange because she burned it during the night, the burn was fairly small but deep and my child didn't feel bothered by the pain. I took my child to the GP and had the wound dressed because I wasn't quite sure how to do it and I thought that was that. About 2. 5 weeks later the leg with the burn was really swollen. We couldn't see the wound because it was covered by the dressing. Even now, pain wasn't the issue, it was the swelling. I took my child back to the GP and the nurse removed the dressing it was a terrible sight, the wound was full of brown exudate and the area was angry and red. We were at an after hours clinic and the doctor called PMH (Princess Margaret Hospital for Children) to ask advice of the Burns Registrar. We were so happy for this because we wanted the best advice and we don't expect that every GP knows everything about every possible condition. After sharing a photo of the wound with PMH, we were asked to come straight in. Initially I expected just to get some IV antibiotics and to go home but as soon as we saw the Burns Registrar late that evening it was clear we were dealing with a much more serious situation than we had realised. My child had X-rays, the wound was re-dressed and my child was admitted. My child ended up spending 6 days in hospital.
For the entire time we were in hospital we could not fault the care our child received. We were all fascinated by the approaches used and by how determined the staff were to find the best way to treat the wound. The seriousness with which they approached this challenge was incredible. The staff were so committed to their jobs and genuinely interested in solving the puzzle of heeling that it made us feel both lucky to have such a health care system and proud to be part of a country that does. Follow up care was also excellent. We want to thank the entire team on Burns at PMH; Dr Mary who was on duty the evening we arrived, Dr Fiona who took such an interest, Tania (words are not enough for Tania who followed up with us every step of the way), Leslie who manages everything so well and with such cheer, all the other medical staff too (sorry for not remembering everyone's names)...but not just the medical people, everyone, the cleaners and the meal people who did their jobs so well and were so lovely all the time.