University Hospital has the only adult burn center in the Greater Cincinnati area and is one of only a few hospitals in the country to receive verified status as a Burn Center for a fifth consecutive time from the American College of Surgeons and the American Burn Association (ACS/ABA). The goal in obtaining verification of our Burn Center is to once again obtain recognition of our commitment to excellence for providing high quality care to patients with burn injuries. This is a continuing goal and is unchanged from our initial application in 1995. The surveyors stated they were impressed with the quality of our adult burn service at University Hospital including:
The adult Burn Center includes the Burn Special Care Unit and the Burn Walk In Center. 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.
Approximately 100 acute burn inpatients are admitted to the Burn special Care Unit 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 Adult Special Care Unit includes nine 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-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 team staff that has provided care since the day of admission.
A Burn Walk In Center was established directly on the Burn Special Care Unit in June of 2002 to improve the quality of in initial burn treatment, timeliness of care and provide expert burn care to patients with minor burn injuries. The Burn Walk In Center provides immediate expert burn care to patients with minor burn injuries who are referred from University Hospital Center for Emergency Care, other community hospitals and urgent care centers. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
The Burn Service also sees approximately 1,300 outpatients per year in the Burn Clinic.
The American Burn Association has recommended the injuries identified below as those requiring referral to a burn center following initial assessment and treatment.
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