Healing Touch: Burn Garments in Jos, Nigeria


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Pressure garments are tight fitting elastic garments (shirts, trousers, gloves, face masks) that put pressure on the layers of skin after a burn has healed. The pressure garment acts as an outer layer of skin, putting pressure on the healing skin helping it to flatten out and therefore preventing it from developing into thick scars.

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Healing Touch: Burn Garments in Jos, Nigeria

  1. 1. 1 Doherty Street, Jos 1 Doherty Street, Jos Office- 08065520548 Office- 08065520548 Cast all your cares on Him, for He cares foryou. I Peter 5:7
  2. 2. Pressure garments are tight fitting elasticgarments (shirts, trousers, gloves, facemask) that are worn to put pressure onthe skin layers after a burn has healed toprevent or reduce scarring.
  3. 3. Why do you need a pressure garment? In a burn, the top layer of skin is gone so it is not able to put pressure on the skin below, as it would in healthy skin. Without pressure on the skin, very thick and stiff scarring, called hypertrophic scarring, can form after a burn. This type of scarring can limit movement and be very unsightly.
  4. 4.  The pressure from the garment helps to prevent scars from forming or helps to flatten out scars that have already began to develop. The garments help to reduce itching of the skin as it heals. They also provide good sun protection as the healed skin will sunburn easily.
  5. 5.  Shirts Vests
  6. 6. What are the different types of garments ?  Trousers
  7. 7.  Foot socks
  8. 8.  Chin strap
  9. 9.  Face mask
  10. 10.  Arm sleeve Glove
  11. 11.  Varicose veins Lymphadema (swelling) Skin grafts
  12. 12.  The garments are to be worn 23 hours a day. They are removed to bathe and put lotion on the skin and then the garment is reapplied. The patient will wear the garment up to a year or more until the scar has flattened and is no longer maturing.
  13. 13. Patient is a 25 year old male who was injured in January 2010 when apetrol bomb exploded in a building he was standing beside. He sustainedburns on both arms and hands, his face, and minor burns on one leg. Hewas treated at a hospital in Jos and released one month later. He came foroutpatient treatment in June. When he arrived, he already had developedhypertrophic scarring on both arms and hands. He had a contracture ofthe right elbow and had difficulty with movements of both wrist andhands.His treatment consisted of range of motion exercises for both arms andhands, scar massage, and pressure garments. He has worn the garmentsfor ten months and has had reduction of the scarring on both arms andhands. He is still wearing the garments at this time.
  14. 14. BEFORE AFTER
  15. 15. Patient is a 40 year old man who works for Nesco. He waselectrocuted while working on a power line. He was brought to thehospital immediately for treatment. He sustained severe burns tothe back of his left shoulder and back of his head. He lost portionsof his shoulder muscles as the wound was all the way down to thelung tissue. He spent about five months in the hospital beforedischarged.His treatment consisted of range of motion exercises for the leftshoulder, scar massage, and a pressure garment when the woundhealed. He wore the garment for one year and it helped reducethick scars from forming and made the skin flatten out.
  16. 16. BEFORE AFTER
  17. 17.  We have two tailors trained in making pressure garments. They are located at Gidan Bege (House of Hope). Fill out a consult with the diagnosis and request for a pressure garment.
  18. 18. Garment PriceShirt N 2000Arm Sleeve N 1000Half Glove N 500Full Glove N 750Short Knickers N 1000Trousers N 2000Foot Sock N 1000Face Mask N 1000