February 1-7 is National Burn Awareness Week and the perfect time to become educated about first-, second- and third- degree burns. Last year, approximately 485,000 burn injuries were treated medically in the U.S., while nearly 40,000 burn-related hospitalizations occurred in America during that same time period. The Joseph M. Still Burn Center at our Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Ga., the largest inpatient burn center in America, admits more than 3,000 patients every year from across the U.S. and internationally. In recognition of this National Burn Awareness Week, they’ve put together an infographic to point out some of the characteristics of… Read more.
Hardly a day goes by that Dr. Fred Mullins and the other medical professionals at Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Ga., don’t see a child who has been burned by hot water.
As cooks begin preparations for Thanksgiving meals, there’s one ingredient Dr. Fred Mullins hopes they won’t forget: a three-foot safe zone in the kitchen. “While that will not prevent every burn, it will certainly help keep little ones away from hot surfaces, scalding foods and other dangerous items,” said Dr. Mullins, the president of Joseph M. Still Burn Centers, Inc., and the medical director of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, GA. “Like seasonings, a little bit of preparation and prevention can go a long way. In fact, if a child must be in the… Read more.
With children home for the summer, and a celebration of independence on tap, the risk of getting burned or injured rises like the temperature. At the top of the risk list is summer bonfires, said Dr. Fred Mullins, President of Joseph M. Still Burn Centers, Inc. & Medical Director of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Ga, the largest Burn Center in the United States.
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.
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.