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Burn care

Burn care focuses on the treatment and minimization of burn injuries, often specifically focusing on reconstructive services.

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Burn specialists in Florida

At HCA Florida Healthcare, we know a complex burn can affect you both physically and mentally.

We also know that access to timely treatment, compassionate care and advanced resources can make all the difference—so we provide just that. When you come to one of our hospitals for burn treatment, our burn specialists will quickly begin working together to evaluate and treat your burn. We have experience with all types of burns—including thermal and chemical burns—ensuring you get the care you need to heal.

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Conditions We Treat

Types of burns we treat - Burns are categorized by their "degree" of severity and include:

First-degree burns

First-degree burns are the least severe class of burn. They result in mild pain and skin reddening. Typically, these types of burns do not require advanced medical attention and resolve on their own with time. However, our specialists are available to evaluate your burn and help you understand how to help it heal.

Second-degree burns

Unlike first-degree burns, second-degree burns can result in blistering and swelling, in addition to being painful and reddening the skin. This class of burns is typically treated with skin ointments or creams.

Additionally, our specialists can treat deep second-degree burns with an application of a cadaver skin substitute, porcine (pig) skin substitute or an artificial skin substitute. These 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 a skin substitute.

Third-degree burns

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 layers of the skin have been damaged.

Third-degree burns are typically treated with a split-thickness skin graft (STSG). During an STSG procedure, a surgeon will remove a thin layer of skin from a donor region — typically the thigh, back, abdomen or buttocks — to cover the site where the burn is located.

It is common for the burned region to fully heal in about two weeks.

Our Treatments & Services 

Every burn and every patient is different, which is why we create a comprehensive care plan that is just right for you.

Burn Treatment

To do that, your team of burn specialists will take time to evaluate your condition, answer your questions and address your concerns.

The type of treatments that are best for you will depend on the type of burn you have. From topical skin ointments and pressure garments to skin grafts and complex reconstructive surgeries, we offer the full spectrum of burn treatments to ensure you receive the care you deserve.

Understanding burn care terminology

Sometimes, hearing unfamiliar medical terms associated with your burn treatment can add to your anxiety during an already stressful situation. To help you feel more secure in your care, we have defined some common wound care and burn treatment terms below:

  • Allograft — a biological dressing used as a covering for a burned area, also called a hemograft
  • Collagen — a protein that exists in connective tissue, which helps hold structures in the body together and promotes new tissue growth
  • Debridement — the surgical removal of burned flesh from a wound
  • Necrosis — the death of cells or tissues
  • Pressure garments — tight-fitting elastic garments worn to reduce scarring
  • Skin graft — a piece of body tissue that is surgically removed from one place on the body and then transplanted or implanted on another place on the body to replace damaged or defective areas

Our burn care treatment teams

In most cases, a severe burn requires the expertise of more than one type of specialist. This is why we use a team-based approach, which brings together specialists from various medical disciplines. Our multispecialty burn care team ensures you receive the most appropriate and effective treatments available.

Our burn care team includes:

  • Critical care specialists
  • General surgeons
  • Neurology specialists
  • Orthopedic surgeons
  • Plastic surgeons
  • Vascular specialists
  • Wound specialists

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