Akron Children's provides primary, critical and specialized care to the patients who come to us, as well as those our Home Care Group treats at home. We help families focus on their sick children with a support staff to deal with the practical details of a hospital stay. Beyond our walls, we help children reach their full potential with more than 100 advocacy, outreach and education programs. More...
From Beachwood to Dover, Norwalk to western Pennsylvania, and just about everywhere in between, Akron Children's growing healthcare system has a full range of pediatric specialists, primary care providers, hospitals and regional care centers right in your own community or within easy driving distance. More...
The Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute is the hub for research and innovation activity at Akron Children's Hospital. The institute facilitates sponsored clinical studies as well as internal investigator-initiated research programs across a spectrum of research subjects. The institute also offers research-oriented educational opportunities for fellows, students and faculty from around the globe.
Ranked a Best Children's Hospital, Akron Children's is the largest pediatric healthcare provider in northeast Ohio. Whether a child needs a few stitches or treatment for a serious illness, we offer the highest quality of care, using the latest techniques and technology, as well as a caring touch. Our philosophy of child- and family-centered care guides everything we do. More...
Third-degree burns, or full-thickness burns, are the most serious type of burn. They involve all the layers of the skin and underlying tissue and can cause permanent damage.
More to Know
Third-degree burns are most often caused by direct extended contact with fire, heated objects, steam, hot liquids, chemicals, or electrical currents.
With a third-degree burn, the surface of the skin is swollen and looks dry, waxy white, leathery, brown, or charred. There may be severe pain — or, little or no pain because of nerve damage. Some burn victims go into shock.
If someone suffers a third-degree burn, call 911 immediately. Make sure he or she is in a safe place but don't remove burned clothing. Apply cool water over the area for at least 3-5 minutes, then cover the area with a clean dry cloth or sheet until help arrives. If possible, elevate the burned body part(s) above the level of the heart.
Once at the hospital, treatment may include cleaning the affected area and removing dead skin and tissue; antibiotics given orally (taken by mouth), topically (applied to the skin), or intravenously (IV) (through the veins); intravenous (IV) fluids; and pain medicine.
Often, doctors do a skin graft — a type of surgery where healthy skin is taken from an unburned part of the body and placed on the wound to help it heal.
Keep in Mind
Third-degree burns are a serious medical emergency and can be life threatening. If treated quickly, however, many burn cases can have good outcomes.
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Ranked a Best Children's Hospital by US News & World Report, Akron Children's is the largest pediatric provider in northeast Ohio. With two pediatric hospitals, and 20 primary care and 67 pediatric specialty locations, we handle more than 600,000 patient visits a year. We also serve as a major teaching affiliate of Northeast Ohio Medical University, and offer a number of pediatric subspecialty fellowship programs. We are committed to providing quality, family-centered care, and improving the treatment of childhood illness and injury through research. More about Akron Children's...