The status of burn rehabilitation services in the united states: Results of a national survey

G. F. Cromes, P. A. Helm

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A survey to determine the status of burn rehabilitation services in the United States was developed and sent to 186 burn treatment facilities. The facilities were divided into four groups based upon number of admissions per year (0 to 80, 81 to 120, 121 to 200, and 200+). Completed surveys were received from 114 facilities. Results indicated that burn facilities of different sizes were consistent with respect to the severity of burn injuries treated, the length of hospitalization for acute injuries, and the duration of physician follow-up after discharge. Burn facilities with more admissions were more likely to report (1) organized outpatient burn rehabilitation programs, (2) available specialized burn rehabilitation personnel, (3) regular interdisciplinary inpatient staffing conferences and outpatient clinics, and (4) structured educational activities for staff and patients. Full-time equivalent burn rehabilitation personnel were equally represented across facilities of different sizes. The overall results suggest that there have been substantial improvements in the comprehensiveness of burn rehabilitation care since a previous survey in 1983. Minimum guidelines for burn rehabilitation are suggested based upon the relative consistency between burn facilities indicated by the survey results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)656-662
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Nursing(all)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • Health Professions(all)


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