Burn Injury Prevention for Older Adults

Wed 21st Oct 2020

Presenters: Matthew Roberts and Janine Evans

Adults aged over 65 years are one of the highest risk groups for sustaining a burn injury within the home, and are also most likely to experience detrimental long-term effects. Many of the injuries sustained are preventable. Timely, appropriate first aid can significantly improve the outcomes for individuals. 

To spread this simple message, The Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery, the British Burn Association and Cardiff University are working together to deliver an educational session in partnership with the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research. The aim of this session is to highlight the importance of burn prevention, empower attendees to make changes within their home and highlight what to do in the event of sustaining a burn injury. Session attendees will be asked to undertake a pre and post presentation questionnaire in order for us to evaluate the value of the presentation.

Burn injuries can be debilitating. No one thinks it will happen to them until it does. If you are interested in attending this event, or know anyone aged over 65 years who might benefit from attending, then please see the event details below. 

Janine is an Advanced Practitioner Occupational Therapist who has been working at the Welsh Centre for Burns & Plastic Surgery at Morriston Hospital since 2001. She is a member of the British Burn Association (BBA), is an active participant on the BBA Prevention Committee, and also represents UK Occupational Therapists on the International Society for Burn Injuries Rehabilitation Committee. She has a particular interest in the rehabilitation of people with complex burn injuries. Janine is currently in the final year of the MSc Enhanced Professional Practice at Swansea University, and is focussing this piece of work on the role of Occupational Therapists in the prevention of burn injuries in the older adult client group.

Matthew is a second year postgraduate Occupational Therapy Student from Cardiff University who is supporting this project as a research intern. He has previously worked as an Occupational Therapy Assistant for Hounslow and Richmond NHS Trust and Oxleas NHS Trust. 

Relevant links:

The Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery Website

British Burns Association

Please click here to download the presentation and watch the recorded webinar


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