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Burn Treatment Center Receives Re-Verification

In Brief

  • The Nathan Speare Regional Burn Treatment Center at Crozer-Chester Medical Center recently received re-verification from the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma.
  • This achievement recognizes that the Burn Treatment Center has a continuing dedication to providing optimal care for its patients.
  • The re-verification process includes completion of a pre-review questionnaire and an in-depth on-site review by members of the ABA Verification Committee.
  • In addition to traditional burn care, the Burn Treatment Center also offers the Burn Wound Care Center, which treats patients with acute burns and recovering burns, as well as patients recovering from a recent episode of major skin loss or injury syndromes that resemble burns.

The Nathan Speare Regional Burn Treatment Center at Crozer-Chester Medical Center recently received re-verification from the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma. This achievement recognizes that the Burn Treatment Center has a continuing dedication to providing optimal care for its patients. 

Since 1995, accreditation has been jointly awarded by the American College of Surgeons and the American Burn Association through the Burn Center Verification/Consultation Program for hospitals. The program promotes hospitals that participants provide the resources necessary for the optimal care of burn patients. This spectrum of care extends from the pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation process.

In June 2000, the Burn Treatment Center became the first hospital in suburban Philadelphia to meet those criteria. Cynthia Reigart, R.N., clinical nurse director of the Burn Treatment Center, says, “We are proud to once again receive this re-verification. We work hard to achieve this recognition. It confirms something that our patients know: that we have an experienced, cohesive and compassionate team that is dedicated to providing the very best care.”

Achieving Re-Verification

The ACS/ABA Burn Center Verification/Consultation Program for Hospitals does not designate burn centers. Rather, it provides a confirmation that a burn center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest quality care for all burn patients by fulfilling these criteria. To achieve verification, a burn center must meet rigorous standards for organizational structure, personnel qualifications, facilities resources and medical care services set out in the ABA chapter on Guidelines for the Operation of Burn Centers in the ACS publication on Resources For Optimal Care Of The Injured Patient 2006. Elements of this voluntary program include completion of a pre-review questionnaire and an in-depth on-site review by members of the ABA Verification Committee. A written report by the site visit team is reviewed by the ABA Verification Committee and by the Committee on Trauma of the ACS.

When the Nathan Speare Regional Burn Treatment Center opened in November 1973, it was the first burn treatment center on the East Coast between Boston, Mass., and Richmond, Va. Today, it is still the only burn facility in suburban Philadelphia and continues to provide many valuable services to burn patients and their families in one location. It provides emergency treatment to intensive care, rehabilitation, follow-up and outpatient care.

Care of the burn patient is multidisciplinary. It requires skilled services provided by physicians, nurses, educators, burn technicians, patient care secretaries, respiratory therapists, physical and occupational therapists, clinical nutritionists, psychologists, social work and case managers and multi-specialty physician consultants in trauma, critical care, infection, metabolism, nutrition, wound care, reconstruction and rehabilitation. It is essential that those who care for burn patients are well-informed in all areas, especially since tremendous advances in the care of the burn patient are being made at a rapid pace in many scientific fields.

Comprehensive Care

In addition to traditional burn care, the Burn Treatment Center also offers the Burn Wound Care Center, which treats patients with acute burns and recovering burns, as well as patients recovering from a recent episode of major skin loss or injury syndromes that resemble burns, such as:  

  • 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.
  • Frostbite
  • 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.

“We can truly say that we offer comprehensive services for adult and pediatric patients suffering not only from burns, but from a range of other types of skin injuries. We are able to offer this breadth of services because of the expertise and experience of our team,” says Mary Lou Patton, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.I.C.S., F.S.S.O., F.C.C.M., medical director of the Burn Treatment Center.

The Burn Wound Care Center provides 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.

“More than 35 years after the Nathan Speare Regional Burn Treatment Center opened, our reputation for providing excellent care continues to grow. We want everyone in our community to know that if you or a loved one suffers a burn or is experiencing a skin injury, you have the right to choose where to go for your care. You can be confident that you will receive the best, most appropriate care at a verified burn center like Crozer,” says Linwood Haith, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.C.C.M., medical director of the Burn Treatment Center and chief of Burn Surgery.

Led by Gerarda Bozinko, R.N., coordinator of the Burn Outreach Program, the Burn Treatment Center offers educational programs to area hospitals, schools, and healthcare workers. Educational programs are also available for children, including a reentry program to schools for burn patients and a Firesetters program in conjunction with law enforcement agencies.

The American Burn Association is a multidisciplinary not-for-profit organization first organized in 1967 to stimulate and sponsor the study and research in the treatment and prevention of burns, to promote a forum for presentation of such knowledge, to foster training opportunities for individuals interested in burns and to encourage publications pertaining to the foregoing activities. 

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education proactively and to improve the care of the surgical patient. Longstanding achievements have placed the college in the forefront of American surgery and have made it an important advocate for all surgical patients.

For more information about the Nathan Speare Regional Burn Treatment Center, visit http://crozerburn.crozer.org.

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