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Release: March 31, 2003

UI Burn Treatment Center Re-verified By The American College Of Surgeons And The American Burn Association

The Burn Treatment Center at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has been re-verified as a burn center by the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and by the American Burn Association (ABA). This achievement recognizes the Burn Treatment Center's dedication to providing excellence in patient care.

The ACS and the ABA established the Burn Center Verification/ Consultation Program for Hospitals jointly in 1995. This is the second re-verification for the Burn Treatment Center at UI Hospitals and Clinics, which originally was verified in 1996. There are approximately 60 burn centers officially verified in the United States, and the UI Burn Treatment Center is the only one in the state of Iowa.

"This is the culmination of the effort put forth by all members of the burn care team who strive for the same goal: to provide the highest quality care possible, and get a patient back into society again," said Lee Faucher, M.D., assistant professor in the department of surgery.

The Burn Treatment Center also received a rare letter of commendation with its latest re-verification. The letter congratulated the Center on its "...continued commitment to excellence and its desire to provide high quality care to its burn patients."

"This distinction was only made possible due to the commitment and dedication of each and every member of the multidisciplinary burn team. This team provides excellence in patient care for all burn patients that we serve," said Jackie Heinle, Burn Treatment Center nurse manager.

Verified burn centers must meet criteria that ensure burn care capability and institutional performance. The ACS/ABA Burn Center Verification/Consultation Program for Hospitals does not designate burn centers. Rather, it provides a confirmation that a burn center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest quality care for all burn patients by fulfilling these criteria, thus defining it as a center of excellence in burn care. (The actual establishment and designation of burn centers is a function of the local, regional, or state health care systems agencies, such as the local emergency medical services authority. The Burn Treatment Center at UI Hospitals and Clinics also is a designated burn center.)

In order to receive verification, each burn center undergoes an on-site review by a team of experienced surgeons, who use the current burn care chapter in the ACS' Resources for the Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual as a guideline for conducting the survey.

"The verification process reviews all aspects of patient care, from the pre-hospital and emergency care to rehabilitation services after discharge and everything in-between," Faucher said. "It also ensures that there is appropriate administrative support."

"I cannot say enough about the quality of the Burn Center team. Each and every individual comes together each day to provide outstanding care. The accreditation from the ACS/ABA is the recognition we know they all deserve," said UI Hospitals and Clinics Director and CEO Donna Katen-Bahensky.

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice. Longstanding achievements have placed the College in the forefront of American surgery and have made it an important advocate for all surgical patients.

The American Burn Association was founded in 1967, following a series of national annual burn seminars sponsored by leading institutions in the field of burn care treatment. With more than 3,500 members in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Latin America, the Association is dedicated to stimulating and supporting burn-related research, education, care, rehabilitation, and prevention.

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STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Planning, Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room 8798 JPP, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009.

CONTACT: Clancy Champanois, 319-384-9171, Writer: Clancy Champanois.