A 10 year old girl sufferred a second degree burn to her face and neck and needed to be hospitalized as a result of a defective coffee maker. The consumer Product Safety Comission (CPSC) reported that there have been 140 reports of problems with the Tassimo single-cup brewers dousing people, including 37 cases involving second degree burns. CPSC reported that the plastic disc that holds the coffee or tea in the coffee maker's (T-disc) can burst while brewing and spray hot liquid and coffee grounds or tea leaves onto consumers .
About 835,000 coffee makers are on recall in the United States and another 900,000 in Canada. The agency also announced the recall of 4 million packages of Tassimo espresso T-discs after 21 reports of problems.
Contact with hot liquids is one of the causes of a second degree burn. Clinical features of a second degree burn may include the following;
- Deep redness.
- Pain (they are the most painful because nerve endings are intact).
- Peeling of the skin.
- Shock because of the loss of fluid.
- Burned area may appear wet and shiny or white.
Second degree burns can be treated at home if they are minor. Moderate and critical burns require treatment in a hospital. You need to seek medical treatment immediately if the burn is greater than 2-3 inches in diameter, if it is on the face, hands, feet, or genitals; or if the burn is caused by an electrical source.
The goal of treatment for second degree burns is to ease the pain and prevent infection.
- Remove any jewelry or clothes from the burned area.
- Hold the burn under cool running water for 10-15 minutes or apply cold water compresses like a wet towel.
- Don't break blisters because it will increase the risk of infection.
- You can apply an antibiotic cream or an aloe based cream then cover the burn with a dry sterile gauze pad.
- Use pain reducing medications like Tylenol or Motrin.
- If the burn is on the arms or legs, keep them raised to reduce swelling.
- Don't use ice or ice water. (may cause more injury).
- Don't remove clothing if it is stuck to the burn (it will remove burned tissue with it).
- Don't put grease, ointments, petroleum jelly or home remedies, these substances can hold the heat in and make the burn worse.
- Don't use bandages with adhesive material (it will stick to the wound).
- Don't give aspirin to a child under the age of 18 years.
A second degree burn heals between 10 days to 3 weeks, deep second degree burns may take more than 3 weeks to heal.
This information is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice; it should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Call 911 for all medical emergencies.