Northern California Burn Team Presents at Annual Meeting of American Burn Association

Burn care professionals at Shriners Hosptials for Children — Northern California will present leading-edge research and prevention studies at the 48th Annual Meeting of the American Burn Association (ABA) that takes place May 3 – 6 in Las Vegas.

Leading the Northern California burn team are David Greenhalgh, M.D., Chief of Burns, Tina Palmieri, M.D., Assistant Chief of Burns, and Soman Sen, M.D., burn surgeon.  Dr. Greenhalgh and Dr. Palmieri both are past presidents of the ABA, a society of more than 35,000 burn care professionals devoted to advancing care through care, research, education and prevention.

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California is represented in nine research studies and one prevention poster accepted for presentation at the ABA’s annual meeting.

They include:

Wednesday, May 4

Admission Frailty Score and Neuropathy Predict Increased Risk of Amputations in Diabetic Patients with Lower Extremity Burns (Poster) — A Barsun, MSN, CNP; D. Greenhalgh, MD, FACS, T. Palmieri, MD, FACS, FCCM; S. Sen, MD, FACS (Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California and UC Davis Medical Center)

Factors Implicated in Safety-Related Firefighters Fatalities — S.A. Kahn, MD, T.L. Palmieri, MD, FACS, FCCM; S. Sen, MD, FACS (University of South Alabama Medical Center, Mobile, AL; UC Davis Medical Center, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California, DC Firefighters Burn Institute, Washington, D.C., Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN)

Frailty Scores Worsen During Hospitalization of Elderly Patients and Lead to Poor Outcomes — E. Curtis, MD, K. Romanowski, MD, A Barsun, MSN, CNP, T. Palmieri, MD, FACS, FCCM, D. Greenhalgh, MD, FACS, S. Sen, MD, FACS (UC Davis Medical Center and Shriners Hospitals for Children – – Northern California.

Sodium Variability Increases Mortality in Severe Burn Injury — J.I. Ramirez, MD, B Chan, PhD, N. Tran, PhD, T.L. Palmieri, MD, FACS, FCCM, D. Greenhalgh, MD, FACS, K. Cho, PhD, S. Sen, MD, FACS (UC Davis Medical Center and Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California)

Thursday, May 5

Amniotic embrane Treatment for Ocular Extension of SJS/TEN Is a Safe Therapy for Pediatric Patients — D. Neal, RN, S. Sanborn, RN, MSN, T. Palmieir, MD, FACS, FCCM, D. Greenhalgh, MD, FACS, S. Sen, MD, FACS (Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California and UC Davis Medical Center)

Home Remedies and First Aid Treatment for Burns: How Do People Really Treat Burns at Home? — K. Viega, BS, T. Palmieri, MD, FACS, FCCM,  D. Greenhalgh, MD, FACS, S. Sen, MD, FACS (Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California)

Friday, May 6

Cutaneous Functional Units Predict Range of Motion Recovery with Therapy — I.S. Parry, MS, PT, D. Greenhalgh, MD, FACS, T.L. Palmieri, MD, FACS, FCCM, S. Sen, MD, FACS (Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California)

Pediatric Cooking-Related Burn Injuries — K. Viega, BS, D. Greenhalgh, MD, FACS, T. Palmieri, MD, FACS (Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California and UC Davis Medical Center)

Randomized Comparison of Packed Red Blood Cell-to-Fresh Frozen Plasma Transfusion Ration of 4:1 versus 1:1 During Acute Massive Burn Excision — L. Galganski, MD, Soman Sen, MD, FACS, Dl Greenhalgh, MD, FACS, T.L. Palmieri, MD, FACS, FCCM (UC Davis Medical Center and Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California)

Prevention Poster

Smoke Alarm Saves Lives submitted by Kelsey Viega, burn prevention coordinator: Soman Sen, MD, burn surgeon; Pirko Maguina, MD, plastic surgeon; Margaret Kugler, Robyn Bartlett, RN, ICU manager; Laura Van Houtryve, PT; David Greenhalgh, MD, chief of burns.

According to the National Safety Council, fire is the sixth leading cause of unintentional-injury related death over all areas.  Often fires start at night, when family members are asleep.  A Working smoke alarm will reduce the change dying in a fire in half.  The key principles outlined in the poster include:

  • install smoke alarms on each floor of your home. One must be outside each bedroom;
  • change batteries at least once a year in these devices;
  • know two ways out; get out and stay out!
  • plan — and practice — an escape route and agree on a safe meeting place outside of your home. Call 9-1-1 for help.

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.

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

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