Burn Center

The University Hospital has the only adult burn center in the area and is one of only a few hospitals in the country to receive verified status as a Burn Center for a third time from the American College of Surgeons and the American Burn Association (ACS/ABA).

Approximately 100 acute burn inpatients are admitted to the Burn Center per year, in addition to other admissions for dermatological disease rehabilitation and reconstructive procedures. The intensive burn care program includes prehospital care and transportation, resuscitation, intensive/acute care, rehabilitation and follow-up care, as well as education, prevention and research activities in concert with the Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

The Burn Center includes 10 adult inpatient beds with full monitoring capabilities for resuscitation and intensive burn care. Specialized equipment including a physical/occupational therapy area is located within the unit.

The Burn Center team includes four attending burn surgeons, resident physicians, physician assistants, nursing staff, respiratory staff, nutrition support, rehabilitation therapists, pharmacy support, social services, chaplainry and a burn support group.

The burn-injured patient remains on the unit from the day of admission until the date of discharge. Follow-up, outpatient care in the burn clinic is performed by the same burn staff that has provided care since the day of admission.

The Burn Center also sees approximately 1,000 outpatients per year. Because of this high outpatient volume, the Burn Center recently opened a Burn Walk-in Center on the burn unit. The goal of the Burn Walk-in Center is to provide fast, expert burn care to patients with minor burn injuries.

Burn Center Referral Criteria

The American Burn Association has recommended the injuries identified below as those requiring referral to a burn center following initial assessment and treatment.

  • Second-degree burns greater than 10 percent of the total body surface area (TBSA).

  • Burns that involve the face, hands, feet, genitalia, perineum or major joints

  • Third-degree burns in any age group

  • Electrical burns, including lightning injury

  • Chemical burns

  • Inhalation injury

  • Burn injury in patients with pre-existing medical disorders that could complicate management, prolong recovery or affect mortality

  • Any patients with burns and trauma, such as fractures, in which the burn injury poses the greatest risk of disease or mortality. In such cases, if the trauma poses the greater immediate risk, the patient may be initially stabilized in a trauma center before being transferred to a burn unit.  Physician judgment will be necessary in such situations and should be in concert with the regional medical control plan and triage protocols.

  • Burned children in hospitals without qualified personnel or equipment for the care of children

  • Burn injury in patients who will require special social, emotional or long-term rehabilitative intervention

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