Throughout the United States, burn injuries account for more than 100,000 hospital admissions annually. While many burns are minor and have minimal consequences, some burns can be extensive or deep, resulting in significant scarring and functional impairment.
The Burn Center at Arkansas Children’s Hospital is the only burn center in the state and has provided comprehensive, personal and state-of-the-art care to adult and pediatric patients since 1928. On average, the Burn Center admits over 400 inpatients and has over 2250 outpatient visits each year.
The Burn Center is at the forefront of medicine, utilizing skin substitutes, advanced skin grafting techniques, virtual reality and other innovative technologies to help patients recover faster, decrease pain and improve cosmetic and functional outcomes.
In addition to thermal burns, the burn center manages the following conditions:
- Chemical injuries
- Electrical injuries
- Inhalation injuries
- Complex wounds (including pressure ulcers)
- Necrotizing soft-tissue infections
- Traumatic soft-tissue injuries
- Skin sloughing disorders (including Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis and Steven-Johnson Syndrome)
- Burn reconstruction/scar revision
The Burn Team is comprised of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurse practitioners, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, a clinical nutritionist, pharmacists, social workers, chaplains, psychologists, rehabilitation specialists and a discharge planner. The entire team is dedicated to providing the best burn care in the nation, and works with families and patients alike to assist in the rehabilitative process. The Burn Center is one of few centers across the United States that has dedicated anesthesiologists that manage patient’s pain and sedation during operative procedures and dressing changes.
Our surgeons include:
Anjay Khandelwal, M.D. Currently the director of the burn center, Dr. Khandelwal is among a select group of surgeons in the United States that is uniquely trained in both Burn/Burn Reconstruction and Surgery Critical Care. He is actively involved in international outreach, burn education and burn research.
John Cone, M.D., F.A.C.S. As a former director of the burn center, Dr. Cone has been providing burn care for over twenty years. Board Certified in General Surgery and Surgery Critical Care, he is currently the director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at UAMS.
Ron Robertson, M.D., F.A.C.S. As a former director of the burn center, Dr. Robertson is certified in General Surgery, and currently serves as the director of the UAMS Trauma Center.
The Burn Center is actively involved in education and prevention programs across the state for physicians, nurses, therapists, emergency medical services and the public. The Center utilizes telemedicine to facilitate caring for patients who live further away. Along with the Arkansas Professional Firefighters Association, they sponsor Camp Sunshine, and annual camp that allows adult and pediatric survivors to interact with one another.
The Burn Center is located at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and is verified with the American Burn Association. For more information, please visit the Arkansas Children’s Hospital website.