How much of a person can be burned and still survive?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

All burns are different, and even in less serious cases, a complication might arise that can lead to death. However, within the last 30 years, improvements have been made with severe burn treatment that allow a much greater survival rate. In the past, if someone had 50 percent of their body burned, the outlook was not good. Today, it's possible for someone to survive a body burned up to 90 percent if they are a healthy adult. Older adults may see that number drop to around 60 percent.

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