Northern California Burn Team Presents at 51st Annual Meeting of the ABA

Burn care leaders at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California played an active role in the 51st annual meeting of the American Burn Association that took place in Las Vegas, April 2 – 5.

Members of the Northern California burn team participated in nearly 20 meetings and presentations and captured three awards:

  • Best Pediatric Paper was awarded to Shawn Tejiram, M.D., a burn fellow, who shared findings on transfusion practices in a paper titled “Examining 1:1 Versus 4:1 Packed Red Blood Cell to Fresh Frozen Plasma Ratio Transfusion During Pediatric Burn Excision”
  • Best in Category Poster on Pain, Agitation, Delirium, and Itch was presented by Shawn Tejiram, M.D.
  • Clinical Research Award went to physical therapist Ingrid Parry, PT, BT-C for her work on Goniometric Measurement of Burn Scar Contracture: A Paradigm Shift Challenging the Standard.

Tina Palmieri, M.D., assistant chief of burns, participated in several meetings and presentations focused on the advancement of burn care. She attended the Burn Science Advisory Panel, moderated a breakfast session on Learning from Scar: Contracture-Free Grafting, and spoke at the plenary session on Success in Advocacy. She also moderated a highly attended Year-in-Review session, which presents the top burn papers published in the past year.  A past president of the ABA, Dr. Palmieri is the burn representative for the American Board of Surgery and in that capacity presented an update on board certification.

Other topics explored by Dr. Tejiram included Fighting A New Front On An Old Battlefield: Examining the Development of Topical Antimicrobial Care to Control Burn Wound Sepsis, and The Effect of Methamphetamine Abuse on Discharge Opioid Requirements in Burn Injured Patients.

Shriners Hospital physical therapist Ingrid Parry chairs the ABA’s Professional Certification Committee, is Program Co-Chair and serves on the Verification, Rehabilitation and Archives committees.  She presented on the following topics at the 2109 meeting:

  • Use of Technology in Therapy;
  • Using Words and Actions to Manage Anxiety with Burn Patients
  • State of the Art of Burn Rehabilitation
  • Goniometric Measurement of Burn Scar Contracture: A Paradigm Shift Challenging the Standard.
  • Achieving Burn Therapist Certification

The American Burn Association is dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by burn injury. The ABA has more than 2,000 members in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Members include physicians, nurses, occupational and physical therapists, researchers, social workers, fire fighters, and hospitals with burn centers.

About Shriners Hospitals for Children

Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. Located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California is a regional pediatric medical center providing care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars from any cause, gastro-intestinal diseases, ano-rectal disorders, chest wall malformations and other complex surgical needs. Admission is based on age and diagnosis. Care is provided regardless of the families’ ability to pay. Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. For further information call (916) 453-2000.

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

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