When it comes to burn injuries, prevention is the best medicine


In celebration of Burn Awareness Week (February 2 – 8), Dr. David Greenhalgh, chief of burns at the Northern California Shriners Hospital, reminds us that when it comes to burn injuries, prevention is the best medicine.
“We are constantly examining new ways to educate the community about fire danger and provide information on how to prevent injuries,” says Dr. Greenhalgh, who has published and presented extensively in all areas of burn injury, burn care and burn prevention.
A past president of the American Burn Association, Dr. Greenhalgh is a member of the International Society for Burn Injuries, American Association for the Advancement of Science and American Surgical Association.

At our Northern California Shriners Hospital, he leads a multi-disciplinary team that includes surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurse practitioners, psychiatrists and psychologists, burn technicians, occupational and physical therapists, nutritionists, social workers, pharmacists, child life specialists, schoolteachers, and orthotists and prosthetists. They work in concert to maximize the cosmetic and functional outcomes of children who suffer burn injuries.
In celebration of Burn Awareness Week we salute Dr. Greenhalgh and the entire burn team for the complex, compassionate care they provide children in our communities.

Prevention Resources Available Online
As part of its Be Burn Aware campaign, Shriners Hospitals for Children has put safety tips and burn prevention information at your fingertips. You may access and download prevention information online here.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is devoted to transforming the lives of children through excellence in treatment, teaching and research. Located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California provides care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars from any cause and other complex surgical needs. There are no barriers to care as admission is based on age and diagnosis. Care is provided regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For further information call (916) 453-2000 or go visit here.

Media Contact: Catherine Curran | Public Relations (916) 453-2218 | ccurran@shrinenet.org

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