Burn and reconstructive care in Miami

Kendall Regional Medical Center's Burn Center provides state-of-the-art burn treatment and reconstructive care. Our burn program, verified by the American Burn Association, treats patients of all ages for burns of varying degrees and types, including first-, second- and third-degree burns and electrical burns and was named the #1 Burn Center in South Florida by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration in 2018.

Our surgeons and reconstructive specialists use the latest medical advancements in surgeries and skin substitutes to help our patients regain and feel comfortable about their appearance as well as muscular and nervous function.

To schedule a consultation with one of our burn specialists or to learn more, contact our Burn Center at (305) 480-6693.

We are committed to providing exceptional care and support to our burn patients as well as their families. The program consists of a multidisciplinary team of highly trained specialists with extensive burn experience, including plastic and reconstructive burn surgeons. Our team of surgeons works together to treat burn patients from initial evaluation through the entire process of reconstructive surgery.

Specialized care for burn patients

Through our emergency room, we offer a specialized burn resuscitation room, eight designated burn intensive care rooms for patients with severe injuries and ten progressive care patient rooms for patients with stable medical conditions.

Advances in burn therapy have allowed us to heal burn injuries easier with significantly less pain. Depending on the type of burn a patient may have, our burn specialists are capable of applying a skin substitute or performing plastic, reconstructive or skin graft surgery.

Outpatient burn care

In addition to the customized inpatient care we provide for patients with critical injuries, Kendall Regional's Burn Center also offers aid to outpatients in collaboration with the Burn and Reconstructive Centers of Florida. Our outpatient services for burn patients include postoperative surgery discharge management, as well as care for acute and chronic wounds, skin disorders and soft tissue disorders.

Types of burns

First-degree burns

First-degree burns are the least severe class of burn. They result in mild pain and skin reddening. These types of burns do not require advanced medical attention and should resolve on their own with time.

Second-degree burns

Unlike first-degree burns, which are the most common and least severe type of burn resulting in a reddening of the skin that heals on its own with time, second-degree burns become painful and can result in blistering and swelling, in addition to the reddening of the skin. This class of burns are typically treated with skin ointments or other skin creams.

Additionally, our specialists can treat deep second-degree burns with an application of a cadaver skin substitute, porcine (pig) skin substitute or an artificial skin substitute. These substitutes will aid in eliminating most of the pain from the burn and do not require dressing changes. Most second-degree burns heal within 10 days after application of one of these skin substitutes.

Third-degree burns

More severe than a second-degree burn, third-degree burns damage nerve endings. This class of burn results in a thickness to the skin, as the outer layer and inner layers of the skin have been damaged.

Third-degree burns are typically treated with a split-thickness skin graft (STSG). During an STSG procedure, a surgeon will remove a thin layer of skin from a donor region, typically the thigh, back, abdomen or buttocks, to cover the recipient site where the burn is located. It is common for the burned region to fully heal in about two weeks.

Precautions for burns

The best way to reduce your risk of getting a burn is to take recommended precautionary actions for what might feel like regular activities, including:

  • Allow scalding liquids to cool
  • Apply sunscreen for extended time outdoors in the heat, reapplying regularly or if gotten wet
  • Ensure a fire extinguisher, hose or bucket of water is readily available
  • Using extreme caution with fireworks, sparklers and other explosives