Burn medicine in Miami-Dade County, Florida
When you need burn care treatment in or around Miami, Florida, the experts at HCA Florida Kendall Hospital's Burn Center are here for you.
Verified by the American Burn Association, our program offers advanced burn care services in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Our burn specialists treat patients of all ages for burns of varying degrees and types, including electrical burns and first-, second- and third-degree burns. We are committed to providing exceptional care and support to both you and your family throughout your treatment.
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Comprehensive burn care services
Patients with burns may come to our emergency room (ER) for burn care treatment.
Here, our burn specialists will work together and with you to create a treatment plan tailored to your unique needs.
Through our ER, we provide access to:
- 10 progressive care patient rooms for patients with stable conditions
- Eight designated burn intensive care rooms for patients with severe burn injuries
- Specialized burn resuscitation room
Advanced burn care treatments
Our burn doctors and reconstructive surgeons use advanced burn treatments to help you heal. These advances have allowed us to heal burn injuries easier and with significantly less pain.
We offer a variety of burn care treatments, including skin grafts, skin substitutes and plastic and reconstructive surgery. Through burn treatment, our goal is to help you regain and feel secure about your appearance and muscular and nervous functions.
Outpatient burn care
Our hospital provides outpatient burn care in collaboration with the Burn and Reconstructive Centers of Florida. Our outpatient services for burn patients include postoperative surgery discharge management, as well as care for acute and chronic wounds, skin disorders and soft tissue disorders.
One of the things that can help you avoid burns is learning how to prevent them and what types there are.
Precautions for burns
The best way to reduce your risk of getting a burn is to take recommended precautionary actions for what might feel like regular activities, including:
- Allow scalding liquids to cool.
- Apply sunscreen for extended time outdoors in the heat and reapply regularly, especially if you've gotten wet.
- Ensure a fire extinguisher, hose or bucket of water is readily available.
- Use extreme caution with fireworks, sparklers and other explosives.
Types of burns
Our burn specialists have experience with all types of burns. You will find information below to help you understand how burns are classified by degree or severity.
First-degree burns are the least severe class of burn. They result in mild pain and skin reddening. These types of burns do not require advanced medical attention and should resolve on their own with time. However, our specialists are always available to evaluate your burn to determine if additional care is needed.
Second-degree burns become painful and can result in blistering and swelling, in addition to the reddening of the skin. We typically treat this class of burns with skin ointments or other skin creams.
Additionally, we can treat deep second-degree burns with an application of a cadaver skin substitute, porcine (pig) skin substitute or an artificial skin substitute. These substitutes will aid in eliminating most of the pain from the burn and do not require dressing changes.
Most second-degree burns heal within 10 days after application of one of these skin substitutes.
More severe than a second-degree burn, third-degree burns damage nerve endings. This class of burn results in a thickness to the skin, as the outer layer and inner layer of the skin have been damaged.
Typically, we treat third-degree burns with a split-thickness skin graft (STSG). During an STSG procedure, a surgeon will remove a thin layer of skin from a donor region, such as the thigh, back, abdomen or buttocks, to cover the recipient site where the burn is located. It is common for the burned region to fully heal in about two weeks.
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