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Burn Center Transfer Criteria for Referring Physicians

The DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan Burn Center recommends the transfer of pediatric patients to our Burn Center if they meet the following criteria:

  1. Partial thickness burns greater than 5% total body surface area (TBSA)
  2. Third-degree burns of any size
  3. Burns that involve the face, hands, feet, genitalia, perineum, or involving joints
  4. Third-degree burns of any size
  5. Friction burns
  6. Circumferential burns
  7. Electrical burns, including lightning injury
  8. Chemical burns
  9. Inhalation injury
  10. Burn injury in patients with pre-existing medical disorders that could complicate management, prolong recovery, or affect mortality
  11. Any patient with burns and concomitant trauma (such as fractures) in which the burn injury poses the greatest risk of morbidity or mortality. In such cases, if the trauma poses the greater immediate risk, the patient may be initially stabilized in a trauma center before being transferred to a burn unit. Physician judgment will be necessary in such situations and should be in concert with the regional medical control plan and triage protocols.
  12. Inhalation injury
  13. Any patient with skin or soft tissue condition such as Steven-Johnson Syndrome or necrotizing fasciitis.
  14. Burn injury in patients who will require special social, emotional and/or long-term rehabilitative intervention.

To transfer a patient please call (877) 994-THEM (877-994-8436) and speak with our surgeons.

PANDA One transport team, based at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan stands ready to come and pick up a child, please ask when you call.