Emergency Trauma and Burn Services Referral Guidelines
Emergency Trauma and Burn Services includes a 12-member acute response team that provides immediateintervention when an injured patient arrives by helicopter or ambulance. The trauma team follows the patientfrom admission to discharge and outpatient care. Extensive burn outpatient services are offered for thefollow-up of inpatients or new referrals.
The Emergency Communication Information Center (ECIC) provides 24-hour communication to communityemergency and primary care providers for the arrangement of consultation and/or transport to Children’sNational.
- Blisters are present
- The skin is broken
- The burn is on a hand, foot, genital area, face or crosses a joint
- Chemical and electric burns
- Burn patients who require special social, emotional or rehabilitative intervention
If your patient has received treatment and experiences any of the following, please refer the patient to the burn team:
- Remove clothing that removes easily
- Cool burn with cool water
- Cover with a moist non-adherent dressing
- Call surgical resident on call
- Has a temperature greater than 101.5 for two days
- Has thick, foul smelling fluid from burn wound
- Has redness around wound
- Has bleeding that continues after applying constant pressure for two minutes
- Has a dressing that will not stay in place
- Has an outer dressing that is saturated
- Has inadequate oral intake
- Has pain that does not respond to acetaminophen or ibuprofen or prescribed medications
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