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One of the most traumatic experiences that a person can go through both physically and psychologically is suffering a burn injury. Psychological consequences of burns don’t only affect the patient who suffered the burn trauma, but can affect the people who are close to him/her. Psychiatric symptoms and needs depend on the stage of recovery. There are three stages of recovery which are:

  • Resuscitative stage (critical care stage).
  • Acute stage.
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525 E. 68th St.
New York, NY 10021-4873 United States 212-746-5317
The William Randolph Hearst Burn Center at New York- Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center has an excellent reputation not only in New York but worldwide. It is the largest Burn Center in the busiest in the state with sophisticated technology and treatment methods. The burn center team is highly specialized and qualified to provide all the services needed for the patient and his/her family.

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Summer Camp

The camp serves approximately 90 child and adolescent burn survivors’ ages 8 to 17 from the Mid-Atlantic Region and beyond. Applications for the summer camp are mailed in April and the camp is held the third week in August each year at Camp Horizons in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The camp offers a variety of activities and an experienced staff will be available to help the campers with their needs.

Winter camp:

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Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas. It is also flammable and is quite toxic to humans and other oxygen-breathing organisms. Carbon monoxide poisoning happens when enough carbon monoxide is inhaled.

CO is found in combustion fumes, such as those produced by cars and trucks, small gasoline engines, stoves, lanterns, burning charcoal, burning wood, and gas ranges and heating systems.

Breathing carbon monoxide fumes decreases the blood’s ability to carry oxygen. Low levels of oxygen can lead to cell death, including cells in the vital organs such as the brain and heart.

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Treatment:

  • Seek medical help immediately.
  • If the chemical exposure was on the skin or the eyes, cleansing of the skin or eyes with large amounts of water for at least 15 minutes. If the exposure on the skin results in chemical burn see chemical burns part I, II.
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Chlorine is a chemical compound that is found in a liquid and a gaseous form. The liquid is colorless to amber colored and the gas is greenish-yellow in color.

Chlorine is used in water purification because it prevents bacteria from growing. It is found in swimming pool water. Chlorine is used as a disinfecting agent in mild cleaners and some bleach products. It is also used in industrial products such as industrial plastic production and other industrial and consumer products.

Chlorine poisoning occurs when a person swallows it or inhales it. Chlorine reacts with water inside and outside the body to form acids which are extremely poisonous.

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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a non invasive mode of medical treatment in which the patient is entirely enclosed in a pressure chamber filled with oxygen at a pressure greater than one atmosphere.

It is a painless procedure that can be carried out in either in a monoplace chamber where only one patient is in the chamber, or a multiplace chamber where the patient along with someone else are inside the chamber. The chamber is pressurized with 100% pure oxygen.

Topical hyperbaric oxygen therapy technique includes delivering 100% oxygen directly to an open, moist wound at a pressure slightly higher than atmospheric pressure through special devices. The patients may be trained and can use these devices at home.

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Airway Suction:

Smoke inhalation injuries may lead to edema (swelling) of the lining of the airway, this may lead to the accumulation of secretions in the airways, these secretions need to be cleared as they may increase the risk of infection and increase the risk that these secretions may be aspirated leading to inflammation of the lungs and pneumonia.

Nasotracheal suctioning is done by inserting a suction catheter through the nasal passages and pharynx into the trachea in order aspirate these secretions.

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Pennsylvania Professional Firefighters Association Camp:

Pennsylvania

The PPFFA camp provides a place where burn survivors can unite with each other, share their stories, play and have fun in a caring and safe environment. It’s opened to burn survivors between the age of 6 and 17.