Overview of Burn Program
The Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Burn Program provides comprehensive care for children – from newborns through teenagers – with any level or kind of burn. These include first degree, second degree and third degree burns caused by flames and scalds (thermal), electricity, chemicals or friction. There is no case we need to turn away.
Burn Program highlights include:
- Part of a Level I Trauma Center just for children.
- Innovative treatments that reduce pain and scarring and speed healing.
- Multidisciplinary team (see below and Our Specialists) that includes every pediatric specialist a child with a burn might need.
- Staff involved in a national research study to increase burn knowledge and improve treatment.
Each year, we care for:
- More than 100 inpatients with serious burn injuries.
- More than 700 follow-up patients in our outpatient burn clinic.
- Nearly 200 children with burn injuries treated and released from our Emergency Department.
Burns can be very serious injuries. Children are best cared for by a team of specialists who are trained to work specifically with pediatric patients. In the Burn Program, many different specialists make sure every aspect of a child's injury is cared for – from minor to major burns. These include staff in the Emergency Department, inpatient care units, clinic visits and long-term follow-up. Members of our team include:
- Nurses, including advanced practice nurses.
- Physician assistants.
- Physical therapists.
- Occupational therapists.
- Child life therapists.
- Social workers.
- Pain specialists.
- Respiratory therapists.
Other specialists also are available as needed and include:
- Intensive care specialists.
- Rehabilitation physicians.
- Plastic and reconstructive surgeons.
- Speech therapists.