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 16-bed critical and intermediate care inpatient unit plus related emergency, outpatient care and rehabilitation facilities.

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

The unit also serves trauma patients, general surgery patients and patients requiring monitoring or intensive care observation, in addition to cardiovascular patients requiring blood clot therapy.

Outpatient burn/wound care is also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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.

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's and family's adjustment at home and can provide referrals for counseling, community resources or other needed assistance.