The Arnold Luterman Regional Burn Center provides specialized care to burn patients in south Alabama, northwest Florida, southern Mississippi and eastern Louisiana. Located at USA Health University Hospital, it is the only facility in the region providing burn care from injury to recovery.
The Arnold Luterman Regional Burn Center admits more than 500 adult patients per year, making it one of the busiest burn centers in the country. The Burn Center has 18 beds, including six for intensive care patients.
The USA Burn Team is nationally and internationally recognized for their research, particularly in the development of artificial skin. Team members contribute to hundreds of medical publications, making significant contributions in virtually every aspect of burn care. Nutrition, infection control, immunology, scarring, pain management and wound healing are some of these aspects. Research is ongoing in all disciplines, including nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutrition and social services.
The USA Burn Team includes physicians specializing in burn surgery, infectious disease, plastic surgery, trauma surgery, orthopedic surgery, psychiatry, and anesthesiology. Support staff includes specialized burn nurses, social workers, dieticians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, respiratory therapists, and a chaplain. The USA Burn Team physicians and support staff provide complete physical and psychological care of the burn patient.
The quality of life achieved by a burn patient depends on the type of care given while in the hospital. Burns that are more severe and extensive require specialized treatment at a burn center such as the Arnold Luterman Regional Burn Center. Burn centers have a multi-disciplinary group of medical specialists specifically trained in the treatment and rehabilitation of severely burned patients.
The consolidation of these disciplines improves and enhances that care and extends it to outpatients. The close proximity of related services makes care convenient and efficient for providers, resulting in better care for patients.
Burns are a type of traumatic injury that damages and sometimes destroys the skin and underlying tissues. Healthy skin is part of our natural protective system and creates a barrier from certain infections. Burn patients are at a greater risk for infections due to the loss of the skin.
Several types of agents can cause burns: thermal, radiation, chemical or electrical contact.
Burn injuries are divided into three categories:
1st degree - Affects the outermost layer of the skin called the epidermis.
2nd degree - Affects the epidermis and the dermis.
3rd degree - Affects the full depth of the skin. Patients who sustain 3rd degree burns usually require skin grafts.
Open flames are the leading cause of burn injury for adults and scalding is the leading cause of burn injury for children. Both infants and the elderly are at the greatest risk for burn injury.
According to the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, the following are criteria for injuries requiring referral to a burn center:
For referrals, please call the USA Physicians Referral Line at 1-800-388-8721 or University Hospital at 251-471-7000.
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