East Tennessee first responders learn how to better treat burn v

East Tennessee first responders learn how to better treat burn victims

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The Kerbela Shriners of Knoxville put on the event, free of charge. A representative from Shriners Hospitals for children in Cincinnati taught the class. The Kerbela Shriners of Knoxville put on the event, free of charge. A representative from Shriners Hospitals for children in Cincinnati taught the class.
"Burns are very shocking," said Debbie Harrell with the Shriners Hospital for Children. "We don't seem them very often. They're tragic, they're devastating." "Burns are very shocking," said Debbie Harrell with the Shriners Hospital for Children. "We don't seem them very often. They're tragic, they're devastating."

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – First responders in East Tennessee got a chance Thursday night to learn how to better help burn victims.

The Kerbela Shriners of Knoxville put on the event, free of charge. A representative from Shriners Hospitals for children in Cincinnati taught the class.

It's all in connection with burn prevention week.

The instructor said burns are difficult to treat on many levels.

"Burns are very shocking," said Debbie Harrell with the Shriners Hospital for Children. "We don't seem them very often. They're tragic, they're devastating. People are in a lot of pain so even for the first responders it kind of takes them aback so it's how to respond to that appropriately so the patient has the best outcome."

Burns are statistically down across the United States, but Harrell says there's been a spike because of the extremely cold winter.

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