Burn Center

Burn patientPatients served by the world-renowned Burn Center at Parkland Health & Hospital System suffer life-threatening, long-term injuries. A variety of burns are healed in the unit including chemical injuries, electrical burns, skin diseases, fire-related injuries and scalds.

  • The second largest civilian burn center in the U.S., Parkland is one of 62 centers verified by the American Burn Association.
  • Burn patients are on the rise in Dallas County. Today the unit sees approximately 806 admissions each year, an increase of 87 percent since 2003.
  • Because of Parkland’s excellence in the field of burn medicine, patient outcomes have improved. 40 years ago, patients with burns covering half their bodies had little chance of survival. Now, survival rates for a burn over half of the body are over 82 percent. The overall rate of survival for patients with burns is 96 percent.
  • As a leader in disaster preparedness, Parkland has the ability to treat up to 100 additional burn patients at a moment’s notice.

Cutting-Edge Treatment

  • Parkland is a pioneer in the treatment of burns. In the 1960’s, Dr. Charles Baxter devised the Parkland Burn Formula – still used today internationally in burn care. Parkland continues to promote best practices in burn therapy.
  • Today, Parkland uses the latest therapies in burn care, such as new, silver-infused antimicrobial dressings, meaning less pain, reduced need for pain medications and shorter hospital stays. Discharged patients visit a Burn Center Clinic to follow-up on treatment plans.

Emotional Support

  • Parkland provides social support for children and adult burn patients following their hospitalization by hosting a burn retreat for adults, burn camp for children and survivor reunion picnics for families.
  • Children make up one-third of all burn patients. Parkland’s Back to School program is designed to help children and teens re-enter school with confidence and support by educating teachers and students about burn injuries.

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