The region’s only accredited burn center is celebrating its 40th anniversary serving Kansas and western Missouri.
Burnett Burn Center at the University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, Kan., is accredited for both adult and pediatric burns, the only burn center in the region to have either accreditation.
The Burnett Burn Center was one of the country’s first to receive American Burn Association verification. Earning national verification means a burn center meets rigorous standards and is staffed, trained and equipped to treat the most critical burn injuries.
Dr. Richard Korentager, chair of plastic surgery and burns, said the accreditations for adult and pediatric burns does matter.
Dr. Korentager said his physicians and nurses have a mortality index among the lowest in the country, 0.58. A mortality index score of 1.0 means a burn program recorded the number of deaths expected based upon the severity of burn injuries, so any score lower than 1.0 is a strong one. This performance compares favorably to other academic medical centers across the country.
“This means patients have a better chance of survival in our burn program compared to the national average for burn programs,” Dr. Korentager said.
Dr. Korentager said the accreditation of the program by the American College of Surgeons and the American Burn Association not only means the patient care is among the best, but its research is helping establish new burn care techniques for the entire country to use.
Established 40 years ago with a gift from Gene and Barbara Burnett, the burn center cares for about 350 patients each year.
The burn center’s multidisciplinary team includes plastic surgeons and intensive care physicians, nurses and therapists in critical care, infection, metabolism, nutrition, wound care, reconstruction and rehabilitation. Patient care is provided around the clock by burn specialists.
The Burnett Burn Center not only covers traditional burns, but electrical and chemical burns as well as burns from extreme cold and frostbite. The program also takes care of patients with soft tissue infections and adverse drug reactions that cause skin to fall away.
Caregivers are joining donors and grateful patients to celebrate the 40th anniversary milestone at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, in the Atrium of the Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Care Pavilion at 2330 Shawnee Mission Parkway in Westwood, Kan.
- Story from KU Hospital