Summer is peak season for burns. And with the Fourth of July holiday approaching, we’re likely to see a spike in fireworks-related injuries, too. It’s estimated that 10,000 people in the United States visit the ER each year with fireworks-related injuries. That’s why we sat down with Dr. Peter H. Grossman, medical director of the Grossman Burn Centers at HCA’s West Hills Hospital and Medical Center, for more information on the burn center, summer burn injuries and safety tips to avoid a visit to the hospital. How many people seek burn treatment annually at your facility? At the Grossman Burn… Read more.
With temperatures dipping into the teens, the chances of getting burned start to climb. “Every year, we see patients who were just trying to stay warm, but ended up getting burned,” said Dr. Fred Mullins, president of Joseph M. Still Burn Centers, Inc., and medical director of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Ga. “With a little extra precaution and preparation, most people could have a safer winter.”
As the largest burn center in America, the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital is a forerunner in the latest research and treatment techniques for patients with severe burns. Recently, a JMS physician, Dr. Richard Cartie, had his research published detailing a new treatment method that could revolutionize the way patients heal from their burn injuries. “We know that therapeutic hypothermia has proven to be beneficial in many treatment methods for things such as cardiac arrest, stroke, and spinal cord injury. We thought, it was time to try it for burns too,” says Richard Cartie, Pediatric Intensivist at… Read more.
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to enjoy good food and time with loved ones. It’s also a time when burn injuries can occur from cooking accidents or house fires. At the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital, we’ve seen our fair share of Thanksgiving-related burn patients.
The groundbreaking practices at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital of Augusta, Ga., and the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center, West Hills, Calif., are helping both existing and future victims around the world. A team from the Joseph M. Still Burn Center recently took part in Bolivia’s first-ever emergency disaster drill. Doctors and nurses spent a week there, where they worked with employees of a metal plant as well as members of the Bolivian military. They used makeup to simulate burn wounds on 63 people who portrayed victims, and also lent their… Read more.