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Care for Adults

The Burn Center’s dedicated and highly skilled team of surgeons, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, social workers, psychologists, information science specialists, and nutritionists provide the most advanced medical care to victims of burn injuries throughout their hospitalization and rehabilitation process. Each year more than 200 burn victims are admitted to the UM/JMH Burn Center. In addition, the Burn Center provides burn care and treatment, rehabilitation therapy, and follow-up care on an outpatient basis, with more than 2,000 patient visits annually.

The Burn Center’s five-bed Burn Intensive Care Unit (BICU), located at the University of Miami Jackson Memorial Ryder Trauma Center, is a state-of-the-art facility providing the best care science and medicine can offer. Each BICU patient is isolated in a separate room for protection against infection and cross-contamination.

The Burn Center serves burn victims with the most modern equipment available and is staffed by dedicated personnel committed to saving and improving their lives.

Care for Children

The Burn Center prides itself on having a team of specialists trained to work specifically with young burn patients. In addition to offering acute care, outpatient rehabilitation and advanced reconstructive surgery, our team of specialist’s work to help reduce pain, lessen the frequency of dressings, reduce scarring and time in the hospital, all while treating burns with specialized and advanced techniques.

Because of the complex nature of burns and their physical and psychological impact on patients and their families, the Burn Center utilizes the expertise of specialists from multiple disciplines, including anesthesiology, child life, critical care, general surgery, infectious diseases, injury prevention, nursing, nutrition, pain management, pediatric surgery, physical therapy, plastic surgery, psychology/psychiatry, and social work. Consulting and collaborating on a case-by-case basis, these physicians, nurses and therapists tailor care to the individual patient and family from acute care to daily medical management to long-term chronic care. The Burn Center offers the latest in burn dressings, specialized wound care, and plastic and reconstructive surgical techniques, but treatment is guided by minimizing pain and trauma for the child.

Our Multidisciplinary Approach
To provide a constant and well-rounded continuum of care, the Burn Center team includes:

  • Pediatric plastic surgeons
  • Pediatric Critical Care Intensivists
  • Nurses trained in burn care, wound care and advanced life support
  • Respiratory, physical and occupational therapists
  • Access to pediatric medical and surgical subspecialists

In addition, this team works closely with nutritionists, social workers and child life specialists to fully meet your child’s needs.

Understanding Pain
Burns are extremely painful and uncomfortable for pediatric patients. Our staff understands that pain is real and can be managed effectively with attention and treatment on a scheduled basis.

Encouraging Recovery
We know how important it is to encourage recovery in young patients, and our staff works hard to motivate children. A reward-based reinforcement program has been developed to encourage patient participation in therapies, and to help move children forward along the road to recovery.

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