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Burn care

The Shriners Hospitals for Children specializing in burn injuries have been leaders in burn care, research and education since opening in the mid-1960s. Thanks to the cutting-edge medical care provided at these hospitals, every year thousands of children have a greater chance of surviving from all types of burn injuries.

Specialized Services

The Shriners Hospitals specializing in burn care provide critical, surgical and rehabilitative care to children with varying degrees of new and healed burns. Each state-of-the-art hospital is staffed and equipped to provide reconstructive and restorative surgery for healed burns, as well as treatments for various other skin conditions. Three of our four locations that provide burn care also treat cleft lip and palate.

The range of treatments needed by patients with burn injuries can include skin grafting procedures, continuous enteral feeding, infection control and procedures to lessen the effects of scarring. In addition, aggressive rehabilitation is typically necessary, including therapy to improve range of motion, and the use of specially fitted garments, splints and other orthotic appliances to improve the patient’s ability and appearance. Once a patient has recovered sufficiently to return to their homes and communities, Shriners Hospitals for Children helps to ensure a smooth transition through its readjustment and re-entry programs.

The medical staff at Shriners Hospitals for Children is renowned for their expertise in critical care, particularly in techniques that may help save the life of a patient with severe burn injuries – such as fluid resuscitation, management of smoke inhalation, early excision and skin grafting, and management of increased metabolism.

Since Shriners Hospitals for Children entered the burn care field, the survival rate for children with burns over more than 50 percent of their body surface has doubled. In addition, today, patients with burns over 90 percent can survive, and go on to lead full, productive lives.

The staff focuses on the medical and emotional needs of every child, as well as the needs and concerns of the family throughout the care process. A multidisciplinary team works closely with the patient and family to provide support during the child’s recovery and transition back to school and family life.

For more information about a particular condition contact your local Shriners Hospitals for Children directly or call 800-237-5055 in the U.S. or 800-361-7256 in Canada.