National Burn Awareness Week
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Kendall Regional Medical Center is proud to announce the addition of burn care services for the treatment of burn victims. The program offers the full range of care from outpatient burn care to the most advanced level of inpatient critical care for pediatrics/infants and adults.
The program consists of a multidisciplinary team of highly trained specialists with extensive burn experience. The program is be led by renowned burn surgeon and researcher, Dr. Fred Mullins, who has years of experience caring for and treating burn victims. Dr. Mullins is a nationally recognized leader in burn research and treatment. Dr. Mullins is be joined by Drs. Claus Brandigi, Carlos R. Medina and Erin Switzer. The team of burn surgeons treats the burn patients throughout the entire continuum of care, from initial evaluation through the entire process of reconstructive surgery.
Burn Clinic Services
In collaboration with Burn Centers of Florida, Inc., Kendall Regional Medical Center has an outpatient burn clinic that focuses on the postoperative discharge management of previously hospitalized burn patients. Physicians in the outpatient clinic also provide consultation and management of acute and chronic wounds, skin and soft tissue disorders.
The Burn Clinic is staffed by specially trained Burn Surgeons, Burn Nurses, and a team of ancillary staff dedicated to providing high quality and compassionate care. The Burn Clinic is a state of the art clinic equipped with private treatment rooms.
For more information on South Florida’s New Burn Center, please call (305) 222-2200.
Why is specialized care necessary for burn injuries?
Advances in burn therapy have allowed us to heal burn injuries easier and with significantly less pain. Second degree burns can be treated with a single application of bilaminate skin substitute, porcine skin or cadaver skin. Most second degree burns heal within 10 days after application of one of these skin substitutes. The substitutes do not require dressing changes, eliminating most of the pain. Third degree burns also heal quickly with a split thickness skin graft.
- Electrical Burns
- Preventing Burns in Children
- American Burn Association
- Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation
- Autograft: A skin graft that is ‘harvested’ from an undamaged area of the patient and transplanted to the burned area
- Allograft: A biological dressing used as a covering for a burned area. It is cadaver skin (also called hemograft)
- Collagen: Insoluble fibrous protein of vertebrates that is the main component of the fibrils of connective tissue.
- Debridement: The surgical removal of burned flesh.
- Dermatome: A device used to slice tissue from donor sites to be grafted onto burned areas.
- Dermis: The vascular inner mesodermic layer of skin. The epidermis is the outer layer of skin and the dermis is underneath that.
- First Degree Burn: A mild burn that feels hot, hurts, and reddens. It does not exhibit blistering or charring of tissue.
- Graft: To transplant or implant tissue
- Hydrotherapy: The therapeutic use of water
- Hypermetabolic: Expanding energy and using nutrients at an accelerated pace
- Isograft: Homograft between genetically identical or nearly identical individuals
- Necrosis: The death of cells or tissues
- Occupational Therapy: Therapy that focuses on activities of daily living, such as dressing, eating, bathing, etc.
- Physical Therapy: Treatment of injury by physical or mechanical means in order to promote recovery
- Pressure Garments: Tight-fitting elastic garments worn to reduce scarring
- Second Degree Burn: A burn that produces painful blisters and some superficial destruction of the dermis beneath the burn
- Silver Nitrate: A clear compound used as an antiseptic
- Skin Graft: A piece of body tissue that is surgically removed and then transplanted or implanted to replace a damaged part or compensate for a defect
- Third Degree Burn: A severe burn that destroys the epidermis, and dermis and sometimes other tissue as well
- Transfusion: The transfer of fluid into a vein. Often used to give blood to a patient
- Xenograft: Grafts taken from a donor of one species and grafted onto another species