Shriners Hospital Burn Team Reminds Families Prevention Is the Best Medicine

Shriners Hospitals for Children is celebrating Burn Awareness Week (February 7 -13) by reminding children and families that prevention is the best medicine.


“Our burn team is devoted to helping children with devastating burn injuries survive and thrive, and we are equally devoted to teaching parents, children and the community how to prevent burn injuries,” said David Greenhalgh, M.D., chief of burns at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California. “We are constantly examining new ways to educate the community about fire danger and provide information on how to prevent injuries. When it comes to burn injuries, prevention is the best medicine.”

Dr. David G. Greenhalgh
As a regional pediatric burn center, the Northern California Shriners Hospital in Sacramento provides life-saving care to children throughout California, the Western United States and Northwestern Mexico. That care is enhanced by a devoted team of professionals who work in concert to further promote positive outcomes through research, education and prevention.





Prevention Education
Safety Begins at Home is the title of the hospital’s burn prevention program offered to elementary school children as a public service to the community. Led by the Shriners Hospital burn team, the program includes a media presentation, a visit from local firefighters and interactive games. Students who attend receive a prevention t-shirt and coloring book. Teachers are invited to engage students beyond the program with prevention games and other exercises. The program is geared to elementary school children in grades K-3. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 916-453-2018.

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Dr. Greenhalgh and his team have led prevention studies on many topics that have resulted in positive public action. For example:
• A study on the burn risks related to the use of halogen lamps motivated a local university to restrict use of halogen lamps in campus dormitories;
• A poster presentation titled Residential Sprinklers Save Lives prompted a local community to require sprinklers in all new building construction;
• A campfire safety campaign called the Circle of Safety was adopted by the California Department of Parks and Recreation, which circulates prevention information provided by Shriners Hospitals to campgrounds throughout the state.

The burn team at the Northern California Shriners Hospital also has attracted national attention for its work on scald burn prevention, including dangers associated with microwavable cups of soup.

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 |

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