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June 9, 2006

University Of Iowa Burn Treatment Center Earns Re-Verification

Leaders of the Burn Treatment Center at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City announced that the center has earned re-verification from the American Burn Association (ABA) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma.

According to Barbara Latenser, M.D., director of the Burn Treatment Center, the reviewers cited the center's "superb" burn care and institutional support as major factors in earning the re-verification. The review team re-verified the center as both an adult and pediatric burn center.

"We are pleased that the reviewers recognized and commended our faculty and staff for their continued commitment to excellence and to providing high-quality care to our patients," Latenser said.

Re-verification followed an intensive, on-site assessment by specially trained assessors last April 17-18. The review team also cited nursing staff for their strong commitment to the Burn Treatment Center and the support provided by occupational and physical therapists.

The ACS and the ABA established the Burn Center Verification/Consultation Program for Hospitals jointly in 1995. This is the third 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. More than 800 burn and trauma patients received care in the Burn Treatment Center at UI Hospitals and Clinics last year.

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 is also a designated burn center.

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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