Burn Recovery Services for Outpatients
The Burn Outpatient Clinic at University of Utah Health provides care for burn patients. Care includes burn evaluation and treatment in conjunction with home care. The clinic also provides care to patients who have wounds that are not from a burn injury.
The clinic is staffed with:
- advanced practice clinicians (APC’s),
- registered nurses (RN’s),
- health care assistants (HCA’s),
- patient relation specialists (PRS),
- physical and occupational therapists (PT/OT),
- a child life specialist (CLS), and
- a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW).
- We will consult a burn physician if you need surgery or other procedures.
Our Burn Therapy team will continue to meet with you in clinic to address range of motion and scar management through, splinting, compression, stretching, and exercises.
You may also need additional appointments for burn therapy. Keep in mind, rehabilitation will be necessary for several months after discharge. Many patients with large injuries find that rehabilitation becomes a full-time job and can feel overwhelmed. Our clinic has a dedicated social worker to help address you and your family’s needs.
Burn Therapy & Teleburn Services
Burn Outpatient Therapy
You may need burn therapy even after you leave the hospital (you are discharged). As part of your discharge, you may schedule specific therapy appointments. We will do our best to schedule them before or after your clinic appointment for convenience but this may not always be possible. The frequency of those visits will depend on your needs and can be as frequent as once a day, a few times a week, or every few weeks.
Teleburn allows you to receive specialized burn care and consultation for burn injuries—even hundreds of miles away from University of Utah Health. Through videoconferencing technology or digital photos our burn experts can follow-up with patients closer to where they live. This allows burn providers to make recommendations for wound care and other needs.
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Insurance & Appointments
Will insurance cover my appointment?
Benefits and coverage vary from one insurance plan to another. It is your responsibility to know what your insurance will cover. Call your insurance provider to ask about your benefits.
How often will I need to be seen in the clinic?
This depends on your needs. Initially, visits can range from every three to four days to once a week and gradually decrease to monthly, then every few months. Patients are typically followed in clinic for at least one year post burn. Some patients require additional care years after their initial injury.
If I have a medical need and no appointment, can I come in anyway?
We are not a walk-in clinic. You must set up an appointment to be seen. You are welcome to call and ask the provider a question or submit questions and photos through MyChart.
- If it is outside of business hours call the ICU at 801-581-2700 and ask to speak with the charge nurse.
- If the medical need is urgent, call 911 or go to an emergency room.
Resources & Supplies
Can I return supplies to the clinic?
No. Once you receive supplies, they are yours and cannot be returned for safety and sanitary reasons.
What resources are available to me in clinic?
The U of U Burn Support Group meets every Wednesday 10:30-12 in the Burn Family Conference Room. You and your family can attend as often as you like. No appointment is needed.
Phoenix SOAR Peer Support is still available to you; speak to the social worker if you would like information.
Burn camps and reintegration activities that are posted on the University of Utah Facebook page are available to burn survivors and their family. Follow the page for the most up to date information.
Verified Burn Center Experts
Why does it matter that we are a verified burn center? The American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons designed a rigorous review program that ensures verified centers offer the best care for their patients. This includes the whole patient experience from the time of injury through rehabilitation.
It also means we meet the highest quality of care available because we meet these high quality standards. The standards are for personnel qualifications, facilities resources, organizational structure, and medical care services.