Each year more than 170 children from all over Alabama and bordering communities are admitted to the Burn Center at Children's of Alabama. A specially trained team of pediatric surgeons, registered nurses, physical and occupational therapists, social workers, child life therapists, teachers, pastoral care staff, nutritionists, psychologists, infection control practitioners and burn technicians work together to form a cohesive team of professionals dedicated to treating children with burn injuries. Our Burn Center is a 6-bed unit that is recognized nationally for providing excellent care for traumatically burned children. The average hospital stay of a severely burned child is over 7 days, significantly longer than most other types of pediatric hospital stays. Most children hospitalized due to burns also require follow up care on an outpatient basis. In addition to those who have been burned so severely that they must be admitted to our hospital, typically we treat more than 1800 less severely burned children on an outpatient basis each year. Our outpatient support can continue from 2 weeks up to 2 years.
We use an interdisciplinary care model to provide comprehensive care to seriously burned and injured children ages birth to 15 years. Intensive care can include invasive monitoring, 1:1 nursing care and ventilator support.
Ambulatory care is provided to children who have suffered minor burns. They can be seen 24 hours per day, seven days a week. In addition, we have specific clinic appointment times to accommodate patient and family needs.
We work in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Health and Department of Homeland Security to provide data for burn bed availability in the United States. This information is sent from our Burn Center weekly, and is available for disaster preparedness. This was put into place following the disaster of 9/11.
The purchase of medical equipment, professional development of our Burn Team caregivers and our annual burn survivor camp, Camp Conquest, is made possible through the generosity of individuals and organizations. Please click the red box below to make a tax-deductable donation to our Burn Center.
Children's of Alabama Burn Center
1600 7th Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35233