Burn Wound Care Center Offers Outpatient Care for Burns, Other Skin-Related Conditions
- The Burn Wound Care Center at Crozer treats burn reconstruction patients as well as patients recovering from a recent episode of skin-related processes that resemble a burn.
- The Center provides outpatient burn wound management, including daily wound care, physical therapy and patient education to prevent unnecessary admissions to the Regional Burn Treatment Center and foster shorter hospitalizations.
- The Center cares for more than 1,500 patients with approximately 5,000 visits annually.
The Burn Wound Care Center at the Nathan Speare Regional Burn Treatment Center at Crozer-Chester Medical Center treats patients with acute burns and recovering burns. The Center also treats burn reconstruction patients as well as patients recovering from a recent episode of major skin loss or injury syndromes that resemble burns.
These may include:
- Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) – life-threatening skin disorders that are usually induced by a drug reaction.
- Scalded skin syndrome — infection in which the skin becomes
damaged and sheds.
- Bullous pemphigus — blistering disease of the skin and mucous membranes.
- Calciphylaxis — vascular calcification and skin necrosis.
- Necrotizing fasciitis — also known as “flesh-eating disease”; a soft tissue infection of muscles, skin and connective tissue.
- Purpura Fulminans – a disease associated with severe bloodstream infection, often causing gangrene of portions of the extremities
- Major road abrasions from auto, motorcycle or bicycle accidents.
The Burn Wound Care Center provides outpatient burn wound management, including daily wound care, physical therapy and patient education to prevent unnecessary admissions to the Burn Treatment Center and foster shorter hospitalizations.
Led by Cindy Reigart, R.N., B.S.N., clinical nursing director of the Burn Treatment Center; Linwood R. Haith Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S., F.C.C.M., and Mary Lou Patton. M.D., F.A.C.S., F.I.C.S., F.S.S.O., F.C.C.M., medical directors of the Burn Treatment Center; Robert E. Guilday, M.D., F.A.C.S., assistant medical director; and Ashley Henderson, P.A., the team at the Burn Wound Care Center uses cutting-edge technology and knowledge to reduce patient discomfort and promote optimal results. The team includes a burn surgeon, a physician assistant, a physical therapist and burn technicians who have undergone extensive training in wound care and are particularly experienced at vacuum-assisted dressings.
“Just like the Burn Treatment Center, the Burn Wound Center offers a multidisciplinary, team approach. Our patients benefit from professionals who have many years of experience in burn wound care, which helps them to achieve great outcomes,” Patton says.
The Burn Wound Care Center offers scar management and burn reconstruction evaluation, and can connect patients with a burn-experienced plastic surgeon when necessary. Additionally, the Center provides comprehensive psychological and social work support systems for all ages. The Center will initiate a school or work reentry program for appropriate situations.
“The efforts of the Burn Wound Center prove that burn care does not end when patients leave the Burn Treatment Center. We are committed to ensuring that our patients continue to heal – both physically and emotionally – well after their initial treatment is completed,” Haith says.
Patients usually come to the Burn Wound Care Center for follow-up care after a visit to the Emergency Department, but may also be referred by a family physician or urgent care center. “Sometimes we see patients who have been admitted to the hospital with a medical condition of unknown diagnosis, and later diagnosed with the type of problem we treat,” Reigart says.
The Burn Wound Care Center cares for more than 1,500 patients with approximately 5,000 visits annually. Patients are seen by appointment only, Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 9 to 11 a.m; and Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For more information, call (610) 447-2800.