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Tuesday 21:00-21:30
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Dr Mark Porter gives listeners the low-down on what the medical profession does and doesn't know. Each week an expert in the studio tackles a particular topic and there are reports from around the UK on the health of the nation - and the NHS.
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Tuesday 23 October 2007
Childhood burns

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Childhood Burns

In this episode of Case Notes, Dr Mark Porter visits the Paediatric Burns Centre at the Birmingham Children's Hospital for a special programme on childhood burns.

Last year nearly 40,000 children were seen in Accident and Emergency departments with burns, with the under fives’s accounting for nearly half of the more severe cases. 

Mark meets the multidisciplinary team at the burns centre and finds out what happens when the skin is burned, how a burn is classified, and what can be done to reduce long-term scarring.

Remo Pappini, Consultant Plastic and Burns Surgeon at the hospital, describes the particular issues the medical staff are faced with when dealing with burns in children. 

Mark also talks to Ben, a young patient at the Centre, and his dad, about his recovery from the serious burns he received to his legs after a bonfire exploded next to him.
 
We hear first aid advice on the best way to treat burns in the first instance.

And Professor Gus McGrouther also tells Mark about new research into the body's response to a burn, and how stem cells could be the key to reducing scarring for burns victims.
 
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