UC Health Adult Burn Center Open House
Dr. John Kitzmiller to the far left and Dr. Elizabeth Dale, center, to the right holding flowers, pose for a group shot with burn center team.
UC Health Adult Burn Center hosted an open house for area first responders and other health professionals involved in the complex treatment of caring for our regions burn victims.
Dr. Elizabeth Dale, medical director of the Adult Burn Center at University of Cincinnati Medical Center and assistant professor of surgery within the UC College of Medicine’s Division of Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgery/Burn Surgery provided information regarding referral criteria for adult burn patients and answered questions.
One question in particular referred to news reports related to hyperbaric oxygen chambers and burn injuries.
Dale welcomed the opportunity to set the record straight, "The American Burn Association does not recommend use of hyperbaric oxygen chamber in the immediate treatment of patients with injuries sustained from a fire.Hyperbaric oxygen chamber treatment has been used experimentally but is considered by mainstream burn providers to put critically ill patients at unnecessary risk without added benefit compared to standard mechanical ventilation."
As the regions only academic medical center, the community benefits immensely from a team of researchers, nurses, therapists, and social workers who have years of experience in complex burn care.
Patients who present with injuries related to a fire can expect to receive a world-class care from experts in the treatment of burns without being transferred elsewhere. A benefit to the community to have this resource in their own backyard.