U Hospital's Burn Center Earns Top Mark

U Hospital's Burn Center Earns Top Mark

Feb 13, 2003 5:00 PM

Burn care quality at University of Utah Hospitals & Clinics Intermountain Burn Center has been verified by a national review team representing the American College of Surgeons and the American Burn Association.

The voluntary review is conducted every three years to verify that burn centers meet the national criteria for care capabilities. Approximately 65 of the 130 burn centers in the country qualify for national verification.

Services, quality management and interdisciplinary aspects of burn care are scrutinized during the review, according to Jeffrey R. Saffle, M.D., professor of surgery and director of the U Hospital's burn center.

"The verification reflects our dedication and asserts that we have the necessary resources to provide optimal care for our patients," he said.

"There is a great deal of satisfaction in seeing that we are doing a good job," said Saffle, who reviews other burn centers for verification and recently served as president of the American Burn Association.

U Hospital Executive Director Richard A. Fullmer said, "The high marks are a great compliment and a true reflection of the work and commitment exemplified by our staff who care for our burn patients."

Burn unit nurse manager Lezli Matthews, R.N., said the announcement is gratifying for the entire burn team. "This is a big gold star for us and the hospital."

University Hospital's center was one of the first in the nation to be verified nine years ago. It is the only burn trauma center in the Intermountain West. The 13-bed facility cares for burn patients of all ages, including infants. The center admits more than 300 burn patients and receives more than 5,000 clinic visits annually. One-third of its total admissions are referred from outside of Utah.

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