Burn Treatment Center
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.
Upon discharge, patients are scheduled for follow-up appointments at the outpatient clinic located in the 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.
Telephone consultations and transfer requests are always available. Our faculty physicians and burn nurses are also able to view images of the patient while conducting the call, ensuring clear communication while protecting the patient's privacy.
For basic burn care reference and referral information, please see our emergency burn care instructions.
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:
- Call us with questions or concerns.
- Remember healing takes time.
- Watch the Burn Patient Education Videos over and over if needed.
Our Care Team
Nursing Care Team
- Nurse Manager: Jolyn Schneider, MSN RN
- Assistant Nurse Manager: Sarah Wellsandt, MSN, RN
- Assistant Nurse Manager: Monica Lamb, BSN, RN,
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Trained volunteers, who are burn/wound survivors and their families, can meet with patients and/or their families while they are in the hospital or visiting a clinic.
Survivors and their families can also be connected to SOAR volunteers by email or phone.
For Burn and Necrotizing Fasciitis patients this group gives patients the chance to share personal experiences and find community through group discussions.
Miracle Burn Camp began in 1995 as a one-day outing for children treated for burns at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa. It grew into a week-long event and moved to Camp Foster on East Lake Okoboji in Iowa. The Burn Treatment Center, which provides care for pediatric patients at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, in collaboration with the St. Florian Fire and Burn Foundation, has sponsored children from Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Illinois to attend camp since 1997.
Camp is free for children ages 8-18 who have experienced a burn injury or other traumatic injury or wound requiring skin grafting.
Miracle Burn Camp is conducted by a staff of professional firefighters, burn survivors, burn care professionals, and YMCA camp experts. These volunteers serve as camp counselors and activity leaders.
Summer camp is a special experience for children. It is an opportunity to become independent from their parents, make new friends, explore different experiences, and enjoy the great outdoors.
Children who attend Miracle Burn Camp at Camp Foster experience the fun of camp and have the opportunity to be themselves in a non-threatening environment. They meet others who have experienced similar feelings, fears, and concerns.
Camp Foster's counselors and volunteer staff direct campers in outdoor programs including:
- Horseback riding
- Physical challenges
- Arts and crafts
Miracle Burn Camp Goals:
- Provide a fun summer camp experience in a non-threatening environment for children with burns.
- Provide esteem-building opportunities through physical activity and attainment of personal goals.
- Allow staff and patient interaction away from the intensity of painful procedures at the hospital.
For more information, or to register, visit the St. Florian Fire and Burn Foundation website.