Only Burn Center And Level 1 Trauma Center Between Houston And Mobile
- 27,000 square feet featuring innovative burn care to minimize pain and scarring
- 16 inpatient ICU beds
- 4 outpatient clinic rooms/disaster ICU beds
- Debridement room with a hydrotherapy tank
- Dedicated operating room
- Therapy/rehabilitation center
- Helicopter accessible
What is a Burn Center?
- Every year > 450,000 people in the US are treated for a burn injuries in emergency rooms.
- Burn centers are highly-specialized clinical units for those injured that provide patient-centered care with a multi-disciplinary team approach. Patients from rescue to reintegration are offered comprehensive care for their injuries. The diverse team brings a unique set of knowledge, skills, and experience in managing the complex nature of burn injury which can require critical care, surgical reconstruction, and rehabilitation. Their approach addresses the patient as a person and reduces morbidity and mortality while optimizing recovery.
- There are over 5,500 accredited hospitals in the United States.
- There are only 66 verified burn centers in the United States. UMC hopes to be the 67th.
- Primary causes of burn injuries include fire-flame, scalds, contact with hot objects, electrical, and chemicals.
- 36 people suffer injuries as a result of home fires every day.
- On average, fire claims 9 lives every day; that’s 1 person every 2 hours.
- According to the ABA, > 96% of those treated in burn centers will survive.
- Unfortunately, many burn survivors will sustain scarring, physical disabilities, and adjustment difficulties.
- Burn injury is a leading cause of years lived disabled (YLD).
The Importance of a Burn-Trauma Center
- The proximity of a trauma and burn center can be the difference in life and death for someone who is critically injured and in need of specialized treatment.
- Trauma is the leading cause of death for people 44 and younger.
- Patients with a combined burn/trauma injury have a 4 to 5 times higher mortality rate than burn or trauma alone.
The Level 1 Trauma Center at UMC
Meet the Team
JEFFREY CARTER, MD
Medical Director, UMC New Orleans Burn Center
Watch Dr Carter's appearance on FOX 8 to discuss the opening of a new burn center by clicking HERE
Read more about the burn center on NOLA.com by clicking HERE
Dr. Carter comes to UMC from Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, N.C., where he served as Associate Director of the Burn Center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Director of Surgical Education at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, and Medical Director at their Center for Applied Learning.
Dr. Carter earned his medical degree from East Tennessee State University with honors in 2005, practicing general surgery and surgery critical care before specializing in burn treatment. He completed his burn/trauma fellowship at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery in Surgery and Surgical Critical Care.
ANGELLE BONURA, BSN, RN
Nursing Director, UMC New Orleans Burn Center
Angelle Bonura is a New Orleans native and comes to UMC from Ochsner Medical Center- Kenner, where she served as the ICU Director for the past two years. Bonura has been in healthcare for twelve years and has experience in critical care, nursing leadership, and telemedicine. Bonura earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Nicholls State University in 2005 and is currently enrolled in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Executive Nurse Leader Program at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.
“The UMC Burn Center will provide a distinct service in our community with a multidisciplinary approach, offering the latest surgical and non-surgical techniques.”
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