The Burn Center is a six-bed unit that provides acute, critical, ambulatory and rehabilitative care for pediatric burn patients. Trauma and surgery patients that do not present with an infection are also accepted. This unit uses an interdisciplinary team approach to provide comprehensive care to seriously burned and injured children ages birth to young adults.
The top diagnostic groups are minor and major burns, traumas, general surgery and plastic surgery.
All rooms are positive pressure, monitored beds with central monitoring capabilities. Two rooms are equipped with ceiling radiant warmers and are used for the more critical burn patients.
Special Services provided on the unit are:
- Invasive monitoring
- PICC Line Placement/Removal
- Burn Prevention Education
- Burn Survivor School Re-Entry
- Annual Burn Camp
- Extensive Burn/Wound Home Care Instructions
- Child Life Specialist/Playroom on Unit
The unit is open and staffed 24 hours a day. Ambulatory (outpatient) care is provided 24 hours a day to children who have suffered minor burns and for follow-up of pediatric burn inpatients after discharge from the Burn Center.
Licensed and unlicensed core staffing is scheduled in advance and is based upon historical trends. Shift by shift staffing is determined based on the individual patient needs and unit assessment including volume, acuity, activity, and nursing competency. Most staff on the Burn Unit staff work a 7 on/ 7 off schedule with 8-hour shifts.
The Burn Team consists of physicians, nurses, occupational and physical therapists, child life therapist, social worker, chaplain, nutritionist, and certified teacher. The team works together closely, to not only meet physical needs, but the emotional and social needs of the patient and their families. Burn injuries can cause severe scarring which can alter the child’s appearance and ability to move. The team provides extensive teaching with patients and parents concerning scar management, mobility and coping strategies. The Burn Team not only follows burn patients while hospitalized but also as outpatients in the burn clinic.
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Children's of Alabama Burn Center
Benjamin Russell 9th Floor, Quarterback Tower, Rooms 901–906
1600 7th Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35233