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Vaseline and burns

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 27 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1289

Vaseline should not be used as first aid for burns

  1. B A De Souza, plastic surgery registrar (,
  2. D Furniss, senior house officer,
  3. G Olaofe, burns and plastics nurse,
  4. M Jawad, locum consultant
  1. Burns Unit, Department of Plastic Surgery, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Fulham, London SW10 9NH

    EDITOR–We would like to draw attention to the inappropriate use of Vaseline as a first aid measure in burns.

    A 3 year old Nigerian boy sustained a 15% scald to his back and perineum in a hot water bath. The mother removed him from the bath and applied Vaseline immediately to all …

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