Burn Related Services - Grossman Burn Centers
Grossman Burn Centers are comprehensive in their approach to treating burn injuries and provide state-of-the-art services and care.
- Intensive Care unit equipped to handle the most severe burn cases.
- Intermediate Care unit for patients with less severe burns and for those who have reached a specific stage in healing
- Outpatient Burn Services
- Unlimited access to surgical suites, allowing for procedures to be performed when a patient's condition warrants it
- Same Day Surgery
- Hyperbaric Therapy (selected locations)
- Heliport giving transferring facilities the option of rapidly transporting patients from surrounding communities (selected locations)
At The Grossman Burn Center we recognize that a burn injury affects more than just the physical body. The nature of these injuries often brings intense psychological reactions such as posttraumatic stress, depression and anxiety.
And these reactions are not just limited to patients. Spouses, partners, children, parents and extended family members can also be emotionally affected by a loved one’s burn injury.
To help people cope with their injury and treatment, The Grossman Burn Center utilizes skilled mental health professionals to provide intensive psychotherapeutic intervention while a patient is hospitalized.
For those patients who require mental health care post discharge, those services are available as well.
We also offer supportive intervention for family members as well as twice monthly burn survivor support groups open to anyone in the community who has been affected by a burn injury.
Even seemingly minor burns which may not require hospitalization often should receive specialized medical attention to avoid unfavorable outcomes.
The Grossman Burn Center outpatient team implements a multifaceted approach that ensures healing in the shortest possible timeframe.
The outpatient team provides detailed information designed to assist outpatients in understanding and caring for their injuries.
Studies show that hyperbaric oxygen therapy can accelerate burn wound healing by increasing oxygen supply to injured areas and reducing swelling, which is helpful in maintaining healthy blood flow.
Patients are constantly monitored while receiving hyperbaric therapy. The chambers are made of Plexiglas, which allows for visual and verbal surveillance and verbal communication with patients during treatment.
This feature also makes it possible for patients to watch videos or television during treatments.
CAREFUL, THAT'S HOT!
Prevention of Burns to Children
- Approximately 70% of children’s admissions in the Grossman Burn Center are children 5 and under.
80% of burn injuries are PREVENTABLE.
Careful, That’s Hot! is a Home Safety Program presented by a prevention educator from the Grossman Burn Center. It is a burn prevention presentation for parents, caregivers and babysitters of children under the age of 5.
The presentation, available in English or Spanish, is approximately 45 minutes in length and teaches participants about burn risks in the home and how to protect young children from the trauma of burn injuries. Participants will learn simple tips to make their homes safe and basic first aid for burns should an injury occur.
Careful, That’s Hot is a partnership program funded by the Children’s Burn Foundation.
Please call (818) 907-2857 to schedule a free presentation.
At Grossman Burn Centers your treatment does not end after the initial injury has healed.
Burn injuries can sometimes leave patients with varying degrees of scarring. We are plastic surgery based burn centers which means that our surgeons have the training and experience to provide scar management using the latest medical and surgical techniques.
Our surgeons and staff are committed to ensure that each of our patients obtain the best possible cosmetic and functional outcome.
The reconstructive services we provide are not limited to patients whose burn injuries we have initially treated.
We welcome patients who have been treated at other hospitals to come in for a burn scar evaluation by one of our expert burn surgeons.
As experts in the field of burn injuries, the burn center conducts valuable education and prevention programs in the communities we serve. The key to burn prevention is to stop the situation before it happens.
Our involvement in the community finds us at many health and safety fairs throughout the year, as well as numerous neighborhood events.
We also offer training and education programs that address emergency burn care for area pre-hospital and medical personnel on preliminary assessment and treatment, emergency department care and preparation of patients for transport.
We are hosting the national Class - ABLS on September 29, 2012 at 7:30 am at WHH – Doctors Dining Room – 1st Floor
Peter Grossman, MD, Course Medical Director, announces the Advanced Burn Life Support Provider Course to be held Saturday, September 29, 2012, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital and Medical Center, 7300 Medical Center Drive, West Hills, California.
The Advanced Burn Life Support Provider Course is an eight-hour course for physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, therapists, and paramedics. The course provides guidelines in the assessment and management of the burn patient during the first 24 hours post injury. Following a series of lectures, case studies are presented for group discussions. You will be given the opportunity to work with a simulated burn patient to reinforce the assessment, stabilization, and the American Burn Association transfer criteria to a Burn Center. Final testing consists of a written exam and a practical assessment. Register for this class.
Questions? Contact Elaine Rojas, GBC Nurse Educator at (818) 676-4743; Elaine.firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about our education and prevention programs, contact the Grossman Burn Center in your area.
First Aid Information
If a burn, chemical injury, or electrical injury occurs, IMMEDIATE ACTION MAY MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Remove the victim from the source of burning
Smother flames-Stop, Drop and Roll!
If clothing is saturated with hot liquid, remove it.
Cool the burn immediately with cool water for 15 minutes – NO ice
Remove any jewelry from burn injured area
Cover all burns
If the burn is larger than the size of an arm, cover it with a clean, dry cloth while seeking emergency care. Keep the person warm.
Break any blisters
Apply butter or grease; trapped heat worsens the burn and promotes infection Apply ice, which may cause more injury
Apply creams or ointments
While protecting yourself from contact, brush off any powdered chemicals off the skin
Remove all clothing
Continuously flush the injured area with low-pressure running water
Attempt to neutralize the chemical
Protect yourself! Disconnect the power source, or move it with a non-conductive object like a broomstick before touching the victim If the victim has caught fire, smother the flames with a heavy blanket Administer CPR if necessary
If CPR is not necessary, Cool the burn with water
The following conditions may require immediate medical attention:
- A burn that encompasses a larger area of the body than the palm of the hand
- A burn to a critical area of the body such as the face, hands, feet or genitals
- A burn that is white, gray, leathery or painless
Please be advised that the depth of a burn injury is not always immediately apparent to the untrained eye.
When in doubt, call Grossman Burn Centers. 877-711-BURN (2876)
Burn Related Resources
The following web sites may provide additional information or related burn injury topics.
Grossman Burn Foundation
To provide help and financial support for individuals, families and children globally in areas of healthcare, safety and education. We support the development of self sustainable communities worldwide through partnerships and team work.
Circle of Care
The Circle of Care Burn Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to improving the lives of burn survivors and their families.
Children’s Burn Foundation
American Burn Association
The official web site for the American Burn Association provides information about the organization and its members. It also highlights burn research, educational programs and related publications.
Firefighters Quest web site promotes their support of burn centers, foundations and burn survivors. Firefighters Quest works closely with the Grossman Burn Center.