Developing a Pediatric Burn Treatment Program in a Community Hospital
Pamela Jennings, Marc Cullen, Roseanne Mark, Mary Ellen Meloche, Sandra Jaeger, and Tammy Lile
There are 120,000 pediatric burn injuries annually in the United States (Center for Research Injury and Policy [CRIP], 2010). Although many pediatric thermal injuries are not severe, referral to a burn unit for any burn regardless of depth, size, location, or severity is common. Many patients with smaller burns can be effectively managed in a community hospital, which allows children and their families to remain close to home, reducing costs and some stress associated with hospital stays. This article describes the process of creating a community pediatric burn care program at St. John Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, and initial outcomes of the program.