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Michigan’s Only Burn Center Verified by the American Burn Association (ABA) and Dedicated to Pediatric Patients

The Burn Center at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan is the only verified burn center that is dedicated to pediatrics – and one of a few in the nation – to be verified by the American Burn Association (ABA) and the Committee on Trauma of the American Colleges of Surgeons (ACS). Being verified as a Pediatric Burn Center is granted because of the spectrum of quality care provided to pediatric burn patients – from the pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation process. No other Burn Center in the State of Michigan is exclusively dedicated to the needs of children.

From innovative procedures for patients with full-thickness burns over more than 50 percent of their bodies to specialized care and rehabilitation therapy for children with severe burns to their hands and joints, the Burn Center provides comprehensive care for every burn injury.

Burn Center Services and Innovations

Inpatient Hospitalization

When a child's recovery depends on inpatient hospitalization a plan is developed and implemented for that child's total recovery. The Burn Center at the Children's Hospital of Michigan is prepared to perform general and plastic surgeries and collaborates with subspecialists as required to manage the complexities of burn recovery. Up-to-date technically advanced equipment provides burn resuscitation, sound care, and monitors a child's process continually towards recovery.

The burn team also monitors the emotional trauma of a burn injury to the patient and their family and includes supportive help to minimize emotional trauma as part of the recovery goal.

Outpatient Treatment and Follow-up

A doctor will initially evaluate a burned child's condition and may prescribe a course of treatment to be administered at home. In these cases, individualized parent education by the burn team is a key ingredient to a child's proper recovery. Regardless of the duration of recovery, the team follow the child's progress and, along with the parents or guardians are integral parts of the child's road to recovery.

Specialized treatments include:

  • Laser Burn Scar Treatment/Therapy
  • Cultured Epidermal Autographics (CEAs) are used when split-thickness skin autographs are not a treatment option due to the severity and extent of full-thickness burns. CEA is new skin grown in a laboratory from a small sample of the patient’s own cells

Specialized Treatments

  • Laser Burn Scar Treatment/Therapy
  • Cultured Epidermal Autografts (CEAs) are used when split-thickness skin autografts are not a treatment option due to the severity and extent of full-thickness burns. CEA is new skin grown in a laboratory from a small sample of the patient’s own cells

When pediatric patients need emergency transport, Children's Hospital of Michigan's PANDA One is Michigan's only dedicated pediatric and neonatal ambulance service and team.

Our Specialists

Children are unique individuals with special emotional and psychological needs that often require as much attention as the burn itself. With this in mind, The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Burn Center experts establish an individualized course of treatment for each child and family to ensure a speedy recovery with best outcomes. The Burn Center is comprised of specialists from varying disciplines, including: Burn Surgeons and Nurses, Pediatric Anesthesiologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Social Workers, Child Life Specialists, Teachers and Home Care Referral.

The Burn Center at the Children's Hospital of Michigan provides a warm and caring environment for pediatric burn care, prevention and education. Program attention is focused on caring for children of all ages while implementing a comprehensive treatment plan that results in a shorter hospital stay and a quicker return home. They are able to provide outpatient follow up and rehabilitation needs once the patient is discharged.

Experience Counts

The center annually treats several hundred children for inpatient and outpatient care. Children are unique individuals who have specific emotional and psychological needs that often require as much attention as the burn itself. The burn team establishes an individualized course of treatment for each child and their family to ensure speedy recovery with best outcomes.

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