Maximizing Healing Opportunities for Burn Patients
Burns are some of the most devastating of medical emergencies. Survivors may suffer extreme pain as well as difficult and demanding rehabilitation. The Burn Center at University of Cincinnati Medical Center — the area’s only adult burn center – provides specialized care for those affected by burn injury in hopes of improving a patient’s chance of survival and healing, and resuming optimal function.
Cincinnati’s Only Verified Burn Center
The Burn Center at University of Cincinnati Medical Center is the area’s only verified burn center (for adults) – one of just 53 U.S. hospitals that meet the rigorous standards of excellence set by the American Burn Association (ABA) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) for delivery of patient care, quality outcomes and commitment to education and research. The Burn Center was one of the first centers to submit for and receive verification status over 15 years ago and has been awarded this verification for the fifth consecutive time.
The Burn Center treats all types of burns, including chemical, scald, thermal and electrical. We care for 400 to 500 new burn patients each year from a four-state area (Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia). Our unit features:
- Eight to 10 inpatient beds
- State-of-the-art monitoring capabilities for resuscitation and intensive burn care
- Hydrotherapy tub
- Specialized equipment, including a physical/occupational therapy area
- Availability of outpatient evaluation of less-severe injuries
Multidisciplinary Burn Specialists Collaborate to Ensure Continuity of Care
The Burn Center care team features specially trained health care professionals qualified in burn management, wound care and critical care. Our burn physicians have dual appointments at University of Cincinnati Medical Center and Cincinnati Shriners Hospital. Our specialists are asked to teach, participating in the American Burn Association Advanced Burn Life Support – providing fire fighters, EMTs, paramedics, physicians, nurses and other health care professionals with the ability to assess and stabilize patients with serious burns during those first critical hours following injury.
Four attending burn surgeons, resident physicians, physician assistants, nursing staff, respiratory staff, nutrition support, rehabilitative therapists, pharmacy support and social services provide progressive care. As a burn-injured patient, treatment and therapy begin the day you are admitted. You remain on the unit, with your care team following you through your entire healing process, until discharge. Follow-up, outpatient care in the burn clinic is also performed by the same burn care team.
Healing may be a lengthy process. To help with coping, we provide support and education with SOAR (Survivors Offering Assistance during Recovery), part of the Phoenix Society. Trained volunteers who are burn survivors offer assistance to other burn-injured patients as they recover.
Burn Walk In Center Treats Minor Burn Injuries
The adult Burn Center also includes the Burn Walk In Center. It provides immediate, expert burn care to patients with less serious burn injuries who are referred from our ER, or other community hospitals and urgent care centers. Approximately 780 outpatients receive care each year in the Burn Walk In Center. Patients are seen Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.