Burn Assessment and Referral
Each year, approximately 450,000 people seek professional medical assistance for burns, and 40,000 of them are hospitalized for burn-related treatment. Burn injuries occur in a range of degrees and from a variety of causes, such as residential fires, scalding liquids, contact with hot objects, electrical and chemical burns, and so on. Survival rates for patients admitted to one of the nation’s 127 burn centers is high — 96.6%. But timeliness is of utmost importance in burn treatment. Proper burn assessment and quick recognition of a burn that requires specialized care will contribute to improved patient recovery.
What are the different degrees of burns?
Why do some burns require specialized care?
When the barrier function of the skin in compromised, a patient develops an increased risk for infection, fluid imbalance and heightened energy needs. Additionally, burn pain can be intense and severe, and therefore difficult to treat without the expertise of a specialized burn team.
When does a burn necessitate referral?
The UW Hospital and Clinics Burn Center accepts all patients with burns if the referring facility does not have the capability to provide care. For further reference, the American Burn Association recommends transfer to a burn center for patients with sustained injuries meeting any of the criteria listed below:
Tips for caring for patients who will be transferred to the UW Burn Center
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For More Information
UW Hospital and Clinics in Madison is the only hospital in Wisconsin that is both an adult and pediatric Level One Trauma Center and a verified adult and pediatric burn center. You can visit the UW Burn Center online, or contact one of our physicians for a consultation 24 hours a day through the UW Access Center at 1-800-472-0111.