UI Hospitals and Clinics

Burn Treatment

The UI Burn Treatment Center is one of 50 burn centers in the United States officially verified by the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons. The center includes a 17-bed critical and intermediate care inpatient unit plus related emergency, outpatient care and rehabilitation facilities. It is a part of the Department of Surgery.

The center's staff applies skill and compassion, aided by specialized monitoring and bathing equipment and a hydrotherapy facility. The Burn Treatment Center features hydrotherapy facility for state-of-the-art wound care.

The unit, along with Acute Care Surgery, also serve trauma patients, general surgery patients and patients requiring monitoring or intensive care observation, in addition to cardiovascular patients requiring blood clot therapy.

Burn Center Outpatient Clinic

Upon discharge, patients are scheduled for follow-up appointments at the outpatient clinic located in the UI Burn Treatment Center. These periodic visits allow our health care professionals to closely monitor each patient’s healing process.

Many patients and families find it helpful to write down their questions or concerns to bring to the clinic visit. Outpatients should complete their daily bath and bandage change prior to the clinic visit unless otherwise instructed. Patients who anticipate a dressing change during a visit should take pain medication 30 minutes prior to their appointment.

During the clinic visit, the physician examines the patient and makes recommendations concerning medication adjustment, bandage changes, physical activity level, and return to work or school.

Nurses assist the patient and family with any questions or concerns regarding wound care. This assistance includes offering advice about discomfort, itching, or home routine, and providing additional bandage supplies.

A physical or occupational therapist evaluates the patient for scarring and tightening or pulling of the skin and revises home exercise programs.

A social worker is available to discuss the patient and family's adjustment at home and can provide referrals for counseling, community resources, or other needed assistance.

Patient Education Videos

Leaving the hospital can be both an exciting and a difficult time for those who have been treated in the burn clinic. Because of this, we have made a series of videos with the aim of making home treatment easier. There are a few things to remember when beginning home treatment:

Community Programs

The Burn Treatment Center gives back to the community in an effort to not only support its past patients, but to prevent serious burns from happening in the future. Below are our programs.

Miracle Burn Camp
Miracle Burn Camp is a camp for children ages 8-18 who have experienced a burn or any other traumatic injury that ended up requiring skin grafting. This weeklong camp is designed to provide a fun summer camp experience in a non-threatening environment for children with burns.
Safe Start Burn Prevention
The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics offers a free program for third-graders. This puppet-filled program is designed to teach children how to prevent burns.
School Re-entry Program
Offered through the University of Iowa Children's Hospital, this program is ideal for any child who has experienced a bun injury that causes lifestyle changes. This program is designed to empower students returning to school after a burn.
Young Adult Burn Survivor Retreat
This is a weekend retreat designed to help transition burn survivors from the Miracle Burn Camp into their adult lives. Late adolescence is an already tough time, but this retreat is designed to help ease the transition for those who have suffered significant traumatic injuries.

Support Groups

Within our Community Programs we have several Support Groups that may help those who are having trouble coping with their injuries.