Overview

Burn Services for Outpatients

Burn Services for Outpatients

The Outpatient Burn Clinic at University of Utah Hospital provides comprehensive care for burn patients who have been recently discharged from our inpatient unit. We also care for patients who have more mild burns and don't need to be hospitalized.

We provide treatment for all burn injury types including chemical, thermal, electrical, contact, or smoke inhalation burns.

In addition, our therapists provide care to address range of motion issues and scar management.

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About

The Burn Outpatient Clinic at University of Utah Hospital provides follow-up care for patients who have been discharged from the hospital and for patients who don’t require hospitalization. Care includes burn evaluation and treatment in conjunction with home care.

The clinic is staffed with advanced practice clinicians (APC). These are providers who have received advanced education (master's or doctoral degrees). APCs provide high quality primary and specialty health care, treating both acute and chronic conditions. They diagnose and manage common and complex medical conditions. They take medical histories, perform physical exams, order and interpret tests, order therapies, and prescribe medications and other treatments.

Frequency of Visits

How often you visit the clinic varies based on your needs. Initially, visits can range from every three to four days to once a week and gradually decrease to monthly, then every three months. Patients are typically followed in clinic for at least one year post burn. Some patients require additional care years after their initial injury. It varies patient to patient.

Returning Home

Returning home can require stressful adjustments. It takes time to get back into a workable daily routine. Plan enough time for dressing changes and exercise sessions to avoid feeling rushed and frustrated. If you are providing care for the patient, don’t do any task for a burn patient that they can reasonably accomplish alone.

Patients may not have a lot of energy when returning home. It is important to pace activities and plan frequent rest periods and gradually increase exercise.

FAQs

Where do I go for my clinic appointment?

The Burn Outpatient Clinic is located on the fourth floor of University Hospital, right in front of the entrance to the Burn Trauma Intensive Care Unit.

What should I bring with me to my clinic appointment?

  • A list of the following:
    • Medications that you are currently taking.
    • Supplies that you think you might need.
    • Questions to ask your health care provider.
  • Compression garments and/or splints; the burn therapist will check for proper fit and adjust them if needed.
  • Email address to use for communication.
  • Pain medications; you should usually take your pain medications 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment. You should not drive while taking pain medication.

What will happen at my clinic appointment?

We will check your temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. Your medications will be reviewed. We will change your dressing in the clinic room and then give you supplies so that you can change your dressing at home.

Who will I see at my clinic appointment?

We have a team of staff to help you, which includes a health care assistant, nurse, nurse practioner, physician assistant, and a burn therapist. You may see different staff members at each appointment. All of our outpatient staff are trained to provide you the care that you need.

Will I see my doctor at my clinic appointment?

A nurse practioner or a physician's assistant runs the Burn Outpatient Clinic a day-to-day basis. They are trained in all aspects of burn care. If there are specific concerns, the supervising burn doctor, who is involved in the management of your medical condition, may see you personally.

What is MyChart, and how do I sign up for it?

Our outpatient staff can help you sign up for MyChart, which allows you to access your medical records electronically. It also allows you to access our clinic staff electronically.

What resources are available to help me?

We have several support groups and programs for you:

  • A weekly support group every Wednesday from 10:30am until noon. It is held in the Burn Family Conference Room on the fourth floor of the hospital. You can attend as often as you like, and no appointment is necessary.
  • The peer support program, SOAR (Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery), can assist you in adapting to your burn injury by sharing similar experiences with a person who has experienced a burn injury. We have coordinators who can arrange a visit with you and a burn survivor.
  • Burn Camp programsfor patients ages four through adult.
  • Phoenix Society for burn survivors.

What should I do if I am going to be late for my appointment?

Call the Burn Outpatient Clinic at 801-581-3050. If you are more than 20 minutes late, you may be asked to reschedule your appointment.