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While every state in the United States has hospitals with very fine burn unit, not every state has a burn unit that is verified by the American Burn Association. "Verification of burn centers is a joint program of the American Burn Association (ABA) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS). It is a rigorous review program designed to verify a burn center's resources that are required for the provision of optimal care to burn patients from the time of injury through rehabilitation."

The process of becoming a verified burn center is quite complicated, involving multiple visits, and a rigorous inspection of the facilities. Because a burn center is verified does not mean it is superior to another burn center, it means they went through the process of becoming verified. The advantage of verificaiton to the patient and their family is the assurance that every aspect of this burn center has been inspected and approved.

There are many types of burns all varying in severity, but four kinds of burns are the most common: first degree burns, second degree, third degree, and toxic inhalation. First degree burns affect only the outer layer of skin, the epidermis. Second degree affects the outer layer, epidermis, and the underlying layer, the dermis. Third degree burns affect not only the two top layers, but the hypodermis (the deepest layer of skin) and coagulates the blood vessels under the skin. It is easy to understand the importance of a burn centers ability to cope with any kind of burn. Lightning strikes counts as burns as does frostbite.

Shriners Hospitals for Children have four hospitals devoted to burns. They are in Boston, Cincinnati, Sacramento CA, and Galveston. Due to Hurricane Ike Galveston is not currently open. All four are verified by the ABA.

The University of Washington Harborview Medical Center. Harborview has treated over 15,000 since 1974. They treat nearly all the burn victims in Washington. They are also one of the first to adopt the removal of dead tissue as early as possible to prevent infection. Harborview Medical Center is located at 325 Ninth Avenue, Seattle, WA, 206-744-3000. They have a 96% survival rate with burns over 75% of the body.

Nationwide Children's Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio, at 555 South 18th Street, Suite 6G, Columbus, Ohio 43205, Phone: (614) 722-3900.

Loyola University Medical Center cares for "thermal injuries, electrical burns, chemical injury, frostbite, toxic epidermal necrolysis, inhalation injury and complex soft tissue infections." The unit has 21 beds, including 10 intensive care beds, and an 11 bed step-down unit, for those who do not need the intensive care of the main burn unit. 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood, IL 60153, (888) LUHS-888.

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center is home to a first class burn unit. 4940 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224. Johns Hopkins surgical would treatment service is very honest about the process of debridement, a process where loose tissues and blisters are removed. They also provide psychological services to help adults and children deal with the emotional impact of what are often life changing wounds.

In Wichita, Kansas there is the Via Christi Burn Center. It is part of the Via Christi Health System. It is the only burn center within 180 miles of Wichita, making it vital to that region of Kansas.

Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Center at Wishard, of Wishard Health Services in Indianapolis. Wishard Health Services, 1001 W. Tenth Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202, (317) 639-6671. The burn center deals with the majority of severe burns in Indiana. They are state of the art and well respected.

Tampa General Hospital Regional Burn Center is one of only four burn centers in Florida. It is a 13 bed unti, with a 6 bed intensive care, and a 7 bed wound care unit.

While this list is not exhaustive, it is hoped that you have found some useful information among the hospitals listed. There are numerous burn resources on the Internet, including many burn camps for kids. All burns are serious, and recovery from a serious burn takes a long time, and a lot of medical care, and even more love from family and friends.

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