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Moving the lenses of trauma — Trauma-informed care in the burns care setting

Cleary, M ORCID: 0000-0002-1453-4850, West, S, Kornhaber, R ORCID: 0000-0001-6556-6775, Visentin, D ORCID: 0000-0001-9961-4384, Neil, A ORCID: 0000-0002-1344-6672, Haik, J, Kezelman, C and McLean, L 2020 , 'Moving the lenses of trauma — Trauma-informed care in the burns care setting' , Burns , pp. 1-8 , doi: 10.1016/j.burns.2020.01.011.

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Trauma impacts people’s coping mechanisms with their ability to function posing risks totheir capacity to manage and respond appropriately to stressors, and to recover. Traumainformed care recognises the needs of survivors by focusing on system-wide design andsupport during recovery, minimising the risk of re-traumatisation, and maximising choiceand empowerment for new adaptations and post-traumatic growth. The principles of TIC arecurrently not being fully utilised in burns practice, including for severe burns, withthe nature, extent and impacts of trauma not being fully understood or acknowledged. Thosewho sustain a burn injury have an increased risk for developing psychosocial issues that canextend to the family unit, and people with pre-existing mental disorders are more likely tosustain a burns injury, experiencing extended hospitalisation and rehabilitation and beingless likely to adhere to burns care. With the application of trauma-informed care within theburns setting, along with an understanding and acknowledging the link between trauma,burns injuries and mental health, health care professionals can minimise potential negativepsychological impacts. Investing resources is now essential to effectively address the“trauma deficit” in the area of burns recovery.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Cleary, M and West, S and Kornhaber, R and Visentin, D and Neil, A and Haik, J and Kezelman, C and McLean, L
Keywords: trauma-informed care, trauma, burns, mental health recovery
Journal or Publication Title: Burns
Publisher: Elsevier Sci Ltd
ISSN: 0305-4179
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.burns.2020.01.011
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