Burn specialists in Richmond, Virginia

Severe burns, such as second-degree burns, require specialized care to ensure proper healing and minimal scarring. To provide this level of expert care, Chippenham Hospital's burn doctors work with specialists from various medical disciplines, such as plastic surgery and physical therapy. Working together, they deliver a comprehensive burn treatment plan to promote healing.

For more information about our burn care services or for help finding a doctor, call our free, 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse line at (804) 320-3627 (DOCS).

Our burn care treatment center

Severe burns are considered traumatic wounds. That is why our burn care services are provided through our wound care program and supported by our Level I Trauma Center. This means we are equipped to provide advanced care and do everything in our capacity to return you to the highest possible level of independence and function.

Chippenham’s Burn and Reconstruction Center is ready to care for you and your family, from children to adults, in the event of any burn or wound. Other burn injuries that should be referred to our burn center include:

  • Any patient with burns and accompanying trauma, such as fractures, in which the burn injury poses the greatest risk of morbidity or mortality
  • Burn injuries in patients who will require special social, emotional, or rehabilitative intervention
  • Burn injuries in patients with medical disorders complicating management
  • Burns involving the face, hands, feet, genitalia, perineum or major joints
  • Chemical burns
  • Electrical burns, including lightning injury
  • Friction burns
  • Inhalation injuries
  • Partial-thickness burns greater than 10 percent total body surface area
  • Radiation burns
  • Third-degree burns affecting recovery or mortality

Levels of burns

Burns vary in their severity and are classified by degrees:

  • First-degree burns affect just the outer layer of skin. The skin will be red and swollen and the person will be in some pain.
  • Second-degree burns are called partial thickness burns and involve the first and second layers of skin. The skin will be bright red, swollen, and blistery, and the person will be in severe pain.
  • Third-degree burns are called full-thickness burns and involve all layers of the skin and underlying tissues. The person would have a wound appearing charred, black, white and leathery or waxy. The person may not be in any pain because the nerves on the skin are damaged.

Burn treatments and services

Our burn care center offers a wide range of advanced treatments.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)

Hyperbaric medicine, or hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) involves breathing pure oxygen within a sealed, pressurized environment. We use this treatment within our wound care program to heal a variety of wounds, including severe burns.

HBOT helps heal burns by increasing the oxygen saturation in your blood. When this oxygen-saturated blood reaches the burned area of your body, it promotes new, healthy tissue growth.

Pediatric burns

Chippenham Hospital’s Burn and Reconstruction Center cares for children 15 years old and younger with burn and wound injuries using specialized pediatric equipment and treatment.

According to the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, statistics show:

  • Burns and fires are a common cause of accidental death in children and adults, and account for an estimated 3,500 adult and child deaths per year
  • Hot tap water burns cause more deaths and hospitalizations than burns from any other hot liquids
  • Leading causes of accidental injury at home are burns, drowning, suffocation, choking, poisonings, falls and firearms
  • Nearly 75 percent of all scalding burns in children are preventable
  • The majority of children 4 years old and younger, who are hospitalized for burn related injuries, suffer from scald burns (65 percent) or contact burns (20 percent)
  • Toddlers and children are more often burned by a scalding or flames
  • Unintentional injury is a leading cause of death among children under 14 years old

Skin graft surgery

Skin grafting for burns involves a surgeon covering burns with healthy skin extracted from another area of your body or from another person. This type of treatment also helps minimize scarring.

Other burn treatments

Depending on your condition, you may also receive one or more of the following treatments and services:

  • Custom garment application
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Laser treatment
  • Nutrition services
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Speech-language pathology
  • Tissue expanders
  • Tissue transfers or flaps

Our burn treatment team

We provide a multidisciplinary burn treatment team to ensure you receive comprehensive care. Our burn care team includes:

  • Burn and trauma surgeons
  • Burn care nurses
  • Case managers
  • Physical therapists
  • Plastic surgeons
  • Psychologists
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Social workers

Fire safety tips

To help keep you and your family safe, we offer the following fire safety tips:

  • Blow out candles before you leave the room or before you go to sleep
  • Create and practice a home fire escape plan with two ways out of every room in case of a fire
  • Have a working smoke alarm on every level and every sleeping area of your home; teach kids to never play with matches and lighters — stow those items when not in use
  • Limit distractions when cooking and don’t leave a hot oven or stove top unattended
  • Teach kids to get low and get out at the sound of a smoke alarm

Additional tips for keeping your child safe:

  • Keep children away from the stove when cooking by using a safety gate for younger children and marking a three-foot “no-kid zone” with tape for older children
  • Keep hot drinks away from the edge of tables and counters and don’t use tablecloths or place mats
  • Never hold or carry a child with a hot drink in your hand
  • Run your hand through bath water to test for hot spots
  • Set your water heater at 120 degrees (48 degrees Celsius) or just below the medium setting
  • Stir and test food cooked in the microwave before serving and open heated containers away from you from back to front.
  • Use a “travel mug” with a tight-fitting lid for all hot drinks
  • Use a thermometer to test the water coming out of your bath water tap
  • Use back burners and turn pot handles toward the back of the stove so your child cannot pull them down
  • Use oven mitts when cooking or handling hot food and drinks

Burn care at HCA Virginia

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

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