Burn inpatient volume

Why we measure it: The Burn Program at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin provides comprehensive care to children of all ages with minor to severe burns. Our specialists treat over 100 serious burns every year and care for the majority of burn patients in the state of Wisconsin.

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What this means - Patients and families choose our care for even minor burns as they become aware of our specialized care.

About the data - These data show the number of inpatients with burn injuries treated at Children's Hospital. Patients are categorized based on the percentage of their body surface that has been injured by a burn.

Related dimensions of care:

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How we provide the best care

  • Children's Hospital is one of the largest pediatric hospitals in Wisconsin to provide a burn center to specifically treat first, second and third degree burns resulting from scalds, fire, electricity, chemicals or friction.
  • We use biologic dressings and other innovative treatments, like Biobrane, that reduce pain and scarring and speed healing. This allows many children to be sent home earlier or have shorter hospital stays. Follow-up appointments are scheduled in our outpatient clinic.
  • We have a specialized burn team dedicated to treating burn patients. Team members are trained in pediatrics and specialize in Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Respiratory Therapy.
  • We work closely with our Pain Management team to reduce the pain and keep children as comfortable as possible.
  • We have a highly specialized Children's Transport Team available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to stabilize and transport seriously sick and injured infants and children to our center.
  • We work closely with specialists at our Child Protection Center to evaluate, treat and protect children who were burned intentionally.

Injury prevention

  • We provide injury prevention programs through our Children's Health Education Center, and are lead sponsors of Safe Kids Southeast Wisconsin, Safe Kids Wisconsin Coalition and Injury Free Coalition for Kids.
  • Make sure you have working smoke detectors on every floor of your house, especially outside bedrooms. Check the batteries twice a year.
  • Keep your water heater no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Never leave small children alone in the kitchen or bathroom.
  • Keep appliance cords out of children's reach.
  • Children younger than 12 years old should not use a stove or microwave.
  • When camping, make sure to fully douse coals and keep children away from hot embers.

Level I pediatric trauma center

Our Burn Program works collectively with our Level I Pediatric Trauma Center, which provides the best possible care to the most critically injured children. The American College of Surgeons grants Level I certification to hospitals that provide the best quality of care and are active in injury prevention, research and education.