June 2010 Archives

June 30, 2010

Burn Camps in Missouri

Missouri Children's Burn Camp:

Missouri

This camp is for children ages 6-17 who have been hospitalized for burns. In this weeklong camp, campers will participate in biking, boating, swimming, horseback riding and many other outdoor activities. Survivors will have fun, learn, share their experience with others and know that they are not the only ones with the burn injury. Survivors will develop new skill, make new friends and will have an experience that will not be forgotten as their lives will be different after this camp.

For more details see the website.

Email: brsg@sbcglobal.net

Phone number: 314-997-2757 or 866-997-BURN or 866-997-2876

Fax: 314-997-0903

June 29, 2010

Burn Camps in Virginia

Central Virginia Burn Camp:

Virginia

This camp was established in 1994 by the Charlottesville Professional Firefighters Association. Children between the ages of 7 and 17 can attend this camp and participate in various activities in a safe and a fun environment. The staff does their best to meet the physical, social and psychological needs of theses survivors. This camp gives firefighters who are part of the burn staff the opportunity to share their experience with these children. Since its inception firefighters from across the Commonwealth and numerous organizations have assisted in making the Central Virginia Burn Camp a success since.

For more information see the website.

Email: cvbc1999@yahoo.com

Phone number: 434-263-6566

June 28, 2010

Burn Camps in Louisiana

Louisiana Burn Camp:

Louisiana

This Camp is held in June every year at Camp Alabama in Choudrant, LA for Children ages 5 to 17 who have survived burn injuries. Many activities are practiced including fishing, arts & crafts, swimming, boating, canoeing, volleyball and much more. Campers enjoy air-conditioned cabins, pavilion, dining hall, playground, canoeing, swimming pool, and much more.

For more details see the website.

Email: burnfoundation@percyrjonhson.org

Phone Number: 318-675-6853

June 25, 2010

Burn Camps in Texas

Camp I-Thonka-Chi:

Texas- Dallas

This camp is sponsored by Parkland Memorial Hospital; the meaning of the camp is "a place that makes one strong or fearless, not afraid to face life". Survivors in this camp participate in various activities which include fishing, canoeing, arts and crafts and much more. Adult burn survivors join the Parkland Burn Center staff to serve as volunteer counselors to the children. Participation by adult burn survivors provides role models who, in spite of similar injuries, have gone on to lead normal, productive lives. Children in this camp share with others burn survivors their experience and what they have gone through making them feel that they are not alone and that there is support.

For more information see the website.

Email: dcrump@parknet.pmh.org

June 24, 2010

Burn Camps in Texas

Texas Burn Survivors society- Camp David:

Texas-San Antonio

This camp is designed specifically for pediatric burn survivors aged 7 to 15 and is open to all survivors, regardless of ethnicity, language, or religious affiliation. In this camp which is a week of fun and adventure, children will gain self confidence and learn from others who have been through the same experience. With the help and support of the dedicated staff, these children will learn that nothing is impossible and that there is no limit to their potential. The camp also hosts Teen retreat twice a year which is a three day event, designed for young adults aged 15 to graduating high school senior. Survivors or children and siblings of burn survivors who have been impacted by the burn injury can attend this retreat and participate in various activities.\

For more information see the website.

Email: tbssinfo@sbcglobal.net

Phone number: 210-824-8499

June 23, 2010

Burn Camps in Texas

Camp Janus:

Texas

This camp is held annually in which survivors aged 5-18 who sustained a burn injury will have fun and adventure. A multi-disciplinary team of professionals from a wide spectrum of the community staffs this camp. A positive therapeutic, recreational and educational experience will be provided by the team of volunteers for all campers. Children in this camp will have the opportunity to meet and socialize with other children as well as participating in many activities which will enhance their physical and psychological recovery.

For more information see the website.

Email: lora_oswalt@mhhs.org

Phone number: 713-247-3050


June 22, 2010

Burn Camps in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety: Burn Camp:

Wisconsin

It's a one week Summer camp for youth ages 7-17 who have endured a significant burn injury, in this camp these survivors will have fun, learn, make friends, and share their experience with other survivors. They will develop self esteem which will help them to cope with their life beyond their injuries. Activities in this camp include swimming, hiking, Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Rides, arts and crafts and much more.

For more information see the website.

Email: info@wafs.org

Phone number: 800-315-0911

June 21, 2010

Flammable Clothing

They are clothing in which the materials that is made from can catch fire easily. Flammable clothing became public in the 1940s after an epidemic of children who sustained leg burns caused by the ignition of Gene Audry cowboy suits, these suits were highly flammable. Soon this was reinforced when girls sustained burns that resulted from wearing cotton sweater which were highly flammable (torch sweaters). In 1953 the Flammability Fabrics Act was passed in the USA that regulates the manufacture and sale of wearing appeal of highly flammable clothing.

Among common flammable clothing for children are pajamas, gowns, and bathrobes. Factors that affect the speed at which clothes ignite and the rate at which they burn after being ignited include:

  • The type of material it's made of: cotton burns fast and is destroyed completely within seconds, synthetic fiber such as nylon has a lower risk of burning but it will melt and stick to the skin. For wool it burns very slowly and doesn't ignite. A fabric that is made from plant fibers which is chemically treated has flame retardant characters.
  • A fabric that is heavier and has a tighter weave has a higher flame resistance with a slower burn rate.
  • Pile surfaces have very loose fibers with significant air spaces between them, eg fuzzy fabrics, faux fur and others. In this type the surface easily ignites and the flames spread quickly across the brushed surface.
  • The design of the cloth: tight fitting clothes are less dangerous than long loose fitting clothes as long loose fitting clothes can swing away from the body and catch fire.
To protect children from being burned:
  • When buying clothes and sleepwear for children look for a label with low fire risk.
  • Avoid buying clothes that can catch fire easily.
  • Make sure that there is a protective guard around places where there are heaters and fires.
  • Children should be monitored and prevented from playing with candles, matches and lighters.
  • Children should be kept away from any fire source such as heaters.
  • In case clothes your child is wearing catch fire, Stop, drop and roll.
This information is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice; it should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Call 911 for all medical emergencies.
June 17, 2010

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

CPR is an emergency life saving procedure consisting of timed compression of external chest wall with alternating mouth to mouth breathing.

First you have to make sure that the scene is safe to help the victim and perform CPR. Determine whether the victim is responsive or not by tapping on the shoulder and shouting at them "are you ok?" If there is no response than 911 should be called. In the unconscious victim, the most common airway obstruction is the tongue. Roll the victim on their back, open the airway by tilting the head back gently with one hand and gently lift the chin forward with the other hand, this may allow breathing to resume.

Check if the victim is breathing by looking for chest movement, listening for normal breath sounds and feeling any air movement on your cheek for 5 - 10 seconds. If there is no breathing than start CPR. Pinch nose shut and start mouth to mouth breathing by making a tight seal around the victim's mouth with yours, give 2 slow breaths making sure that the person's chest rises with each breath.

Immediately after giving the 2 breaths start chest compression by placing the heal of one hand on the center of the victims chest between the nipples. Place your other hand on top of the first hand, your elbows should be kept straight with your shoulders positioned directly above your hands. Using your body weight press down on the chest with enough force to compress the chest down about 2 inches, compress the chest at a rate of 100 compressions per minute. After doing 30 compressions, stop and open the airway by head tilt, chin lift, pinch the nose shut and start mouth to mouth breathing, give 2 slow breaths. This is one cycle. Each cycle consists of 30 compressions and 2 breaths. Each cycle is done in about 24 seconds. After 5 cycles which takes about 2 minutes, stop and check for breathing. If there is no breathing, continue CPR until emergency medical help arrives and take over.

See the following link for a new CPR method.

This information is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice; it should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Call 911 for all medical emergencies.

June 16, 2010

What to Do if You Smell Gas

Gas leak is dangerous and may lead to serious consequences if an explosion happens. That's why it's important to react quickly if you smell gas. The following things are to be done when smelling gas:

  • Gas smells like a rotten egg.
  • If you are inside and smell gas, worn others who are inside and leave the area where you smell gas to an outside area.
  • Ventilate the area by opening the doors and windows but don't waste time inside.
  • Call the gas company or 911 if you suspect there is a gas leak from after you are outside the area.
  • Avoid lighting a match, smoking, lighting a candle, using a lighter, using a cell phone or a regular phone until you have left the area. Do Not turn the light on or off as this may generate a spark that may lead to ignition of the gas.
  • When you smell gas outside, stay away from the smell and worn others about the smell.
  • Turn off the gas meter if you can do so safely.
  • Don't try to fix the leak yourself.
This information is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice; it should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Call 911 for all medical emergencies.
June 15, 2010

Children's Adjustment to Burn Injury

A burn injury is a traumatic experience for everyone, it doesn't affect the person who was exposed to a burn injury alone but affects everyone around him/her. For children it's even harder for them to adapt to their new life as their experience in life is limited. For parents, there are ways to deal with the child that will help both the child and the parents.

The parent of a burned child must be careful to take care of himself/herself so that you can continue to take care of their child. Children look up to their parents and the way they handle the situation will affect the child progress. Don't force your child to do things that he/she doesn't want to do. Try to set small goals, take one step at a time, as your child achieve these small goals, they will build confidence. Always encourage your child no matter how minor the thing he/she has done. Make your child feel independent. Your child has been exposed to a trauma and a regression in his behavior may be noticed such as wetting the bed in a previously trained child. You have to be patient it is expected after a burn injury to have changes in behavior. Don't show guilt feelings and don't treat your child as a victim. Engage in conversations with your child; try to understand how he /she feels and what is bothering them. Tell your child how you feel. Make your child feel that he/she is normal and encourage him/her to express their feelings and opinions. Show your child love and support. Contact your child's teacher and make the school know what your child has gone through, this will help them to understand and help your child. Engage your child with children that have been exposed to similar experiences as they can learn from each other and help each other. These children can be found in burn camps and support groups. There are support groups for parents as well. If you think that you need help then seek the help of others as well as seeking help and advice from a proficiently qualified person.

This information is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice; it should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Call 911 for all medical emergencies.

June 14, 2010

Burn Survivors on Line

It's a service of the World Burn Foundation. The World Burn Foundation is an international non-profit organization that has offices in several nations. The World Burn Foundation help survivors who have suffered severe burn trauma as well as assisting survivors get the services and support they require to help speed their recovery.

For more details see the link.

June 11, 2010

Survivor Story

From the book entitled "Severe Burns" by Andrew M. Munster, M.D. and the staff of Baltimore Regional Burn Center.

According to survivor X, while he was at work, an accident happened that changed the course of his life; he was electrocuted and burned over 45 percent of his body. "Everybody deals with things in their own way, I was eventually able to deal with my accident, but the stages and phases a burn patient goes through in the beginning are sketchy, because the mind has a way of blocking out bad things".

He was taken to a hospital first then transferred to a burn center. In the burn center, when he first woke up, he could remember everything that happened for the first few days, but as the days passed he started forgetting the details of the accident. His head was hurting badly as if something very heavy had been dropped on his head. He finally started to remember that he was in the hospital and why he was there although he didn't want to be there.

He had nightmares in the hospital that people were hurting him but these nightmares subsided after a while. He suffered severe depression. The depression lasted throughout his entire 2 month hospital stay. The depression was more severe in the beginning and less severe toward the end.

One of the phases that he went through in the hospital was thinking that he is losing his mind. He was 19 years old and couldn't believe that he was having these strange feelings of helplessness and depression. His hands were so badly burned that he couldn't move, drink, eat or even go to the bathroom by himself. With the help of a psychiatrist, that he asked to see, who came to see him for a month, he was able to deal with some of these problems.

Before the accident he was a 19 year old tough person who wouldn't tell anybody that he loved them. Another phase is when he needed to let his family know how much he really loved them and appreciated them and he did. He knew that he would never again go to Ocean City and lay on the beach. He had a lot of anxieties that he would never have a pretty girlfriend. Because of his scars, he would never be able to let anybody see him without his shirt.

It's important for the wound healing to have adequate nutrition. For him, one of the hardest things to do while he was lying in bed in pain was to eat a complete meal. It's hard to eat with the lack of appetite. He would take one or two bites then feel stuffed. Although it was frustrating in the beginning, he learned to eat with a fork and spoon that was fastened to a bracelet on his wrist. Once he got the hang of it, he could feed himself. With his will and persistence, he nicely regained a little independence and knew he was on the path of healing and recovery.

Five years after the accident which happened in 1986, he lived in Ocean City with his beautiful girlfriend. Thanks to the support and help of family and friends at the Baltimore Regional Burn Center, he leads a very happy and productive life.

June 10, 2010

Finger Lakes Regional Burn Association

Rochester

This camp is a 4 day camp that is held annually at the end of August. Any child between the age of 6-16 who has been treated for a burn injury throughout New York State and Ontario, Canada can participate. This camp will give burn survivors the chance to share their experience and to spend time with other children. The activities include sports, games and many others. The camp staff is dedicated to provide the help and support that the campers need.

For more details see the link.

Email: jank1@klapetzky.com


June 9, 2010

Survivor Story

From the book I Will Not Be Broken by Jerry white.

Survivor X lost both of her parents when she was 23 in a flying accident. She suffered guilt feelings and couldn't continue because of her depression. She decided to commit suicide by using a grenade but the grenade exploded while she was trying to slam it against her body. She didn't die but both of her hands were blown off. While she was recovering, she was thinking of when she could try suicide again. One day an amputee visited her; the visitor told her that despite losing her hands; she can still achieve her dream. She was skeptical of what the visitor had told her but the visitor challenged her by asking her to tell him what her dream was. She wanted to be a photographer. The visitor helped her in researching the options that she has leading her to enroll in a photography class. With the help of friends, she was able to buy some photo equipments, and was off the antidepressants. She is pursuing her dream of becoming a professional photographer. She was able to achieve her dream because she let go of the past. The lesson learned: live the future and get moving.

June 8, 2010

The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors

Alan Breslau is the founder of this society; he is a burn survivor himself who was exposed to extensive burns in a commercial airliner crash in 1963. He officially incorporated the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors in 1977 after many years of work with burn survivors. This society provides valuable resources and a support network for burn survivors, their families and professionals in burn care.

1835 R W Berends Dr. SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49519-4955

Phone: 1-800-888-2876 or (616) 458-2773
Fax: (616) 458-2831
Email: info@phoenix-society.org

For more details see the link.

June 7, 2010

Smoke Detectors

Fire claims the lives of many people each year and destroys properties and belongings. Smoke detectors play a big role in preventing fires. They are devices that detect smoke or other combustion products and when they sense them an alarm will sound alerting people for the danger of fire.

There are two types of smoke detectors:

Ionization smoke detectors: this device detects smoke particles emitted from fire whether they are visible or invisible. Smoke changes the electric current which triggers the start of the alarm.

Photoelectric smoke detector: this device detects large particles of smoke, when smoke is sensed, there is a light bulb in the device that reflects the smoke to a photocell, this photocell will be activated leading to the alarm sounding.

There are devices that have both ionization and photoelectric properties. Some work on batteries other work on electrical current; there are types that work on both.

Smoke detectors should be installed outside each sleeping area on each floor level; smoke detectors should also be installed near living areas such as the living room and family rooms and also in the basement. When the smoke detector is installed test it by pressing the test button which will check the function of the smoke detector. Smoke detectors should be kept away from places that may lead to false alarms such as wooden stoves and fireplaces. In addition the alarm can sound from other things such as dust and fresh paint fumes.

Smoke detectors should be checked regularly and batteries should be replaced at least once a year and cleaned once a year.

You should also have an escape plan and you should practice the plan. Be familiar with the alarm sound and if you hear the alarm sound try to find the nearest exit by crawling on your hands and knees to a safe place. Stop, drop and roll if your clothes catch fire and avoid running. Call the fire department and don't try to return back to the burning building.

This information is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice; it should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Call 911 for all medical emergencies.

June 4, 2010

The Burn Foundation

Is a non-profit organization based in Philadelphia which was established in 1973. Its aim is to help burn patients, survivors and their families to improve their lives as well as helping to keep the community safe from fire and burns. The Burn Foundation website provides valuable information such as fire prevention programs for all ages, first aid basic burn care, burn survivors' support and other resources.

1520 Locust Street, Suite 401
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Phone: (215) 545- 3816

Fax: (215) 545- 3818

Email: info@burnfoundation.org

For more details see the link.

June 3, 2010

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities USA was founded in 1910 on the campus of Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, as the National Conference of Catholic Charities. It provides services to people who need help.

One of the hardest and most painful experience a person may go through is the a burn injury because it affects the person in many different aspects of their life. There are the physical and emotional injury and sometimes as a result of the fire, burned victims may lose all their belongings and everything that they own. These survivors need every bit of help they can get from housing, furniture, clothes, food and other basic life needs.

Catholic Charities has been helping people in need since its foundation; among these people are burned victims. Catholic Charities provides assistance to help these people meet their basic needs including rent assistance, utility assistance, food, clothing, medical supplies and prescription drug assistance, shelter, transportation, community information and referrals, and other services.

For more details see the link

June 2, 2010

The Red Cross

One of the well known organizations that provide help and assistance to people in need is the Red Cross. The American Red Cross in Greater New York is a nonprofit humanitarian organization, led by volunteers, that provides relief to individuals affected by disasters along with other services.

Among the services the Red Cross provides for people who were exposed to a disaster is helping with basic human needs including shelter, food, clothes, household items, referrals and other services.

For more details see the link

June 1, 2010

Burns From Tanning Beds

Tanning beds are used to induce skin tanning, although it is nice to have tanned skin, complications may happen which include wrinkling of the skin, skin burns and increase risk of skin cancer.
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Tanning bed burns may happen if you use a tanning bed for a long period of time or if you don't use enough protection on the skin. Burns caused by the tanning beds can be presented as redness of the skin, pain and tenderness.

Treatment:

The burned area can be washed with cool and not cold water; this will help decrease the pain, application of soothing agent to the burn area will also help minimize the discomfort.

To prevent tanning bed burns, ask a person at the tanning bed facility about the ideal time to be spent under the tanning bed lights. Usually it's not more than 20 minutes and less for skin with lighter color. Use a tanning lotion that will help to protect the skin from the burn.

This information is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice; it should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Call 911 for all medical emergencies