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18 May Burns in the Workplace

Burns are a global public health problem, accounting for an estimated 265,000 deaths annually. In the United States, burn injuries are second only to motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. The majority of these burns occur in...

03 May An Introduction to Fourth Degree Burns

Fourth degree burns are the most serious, insidious, and life-threatening of all burns. In order to understand their complexities, we must first understand the structure of each layer of skin. It is also important to know how all burns are classified - both by the...

17 Apr How to Identify and Respond to a Burn Infection

Not surprisingly, infection is the most common complication and leading cause of death in burn victims. Weighing a scant six pounds, 20 square feet of skin covers the average human body. Skin is one of the body’s largest, heaviest, and most hard-working organs. It is...

30 Mar About Scars

Body image is a subjective, complex concept involving many different perceptions. These assessments include: how you see yourself; how you feel about various aspects of your body (weight and shape for example); how you compare yourself to others; and how you think others see you....

16 Feb National Burn Awareness Week

The celebration of love and romance on Valentine’s Day, every February 14, may be the only occasion most people celebrate in the second month of the new year. In many parts of the world, February is the longest, coldest, and hardest month of the year...

20 Jan Getting Back to Work

The tired cliché, “timing is everything in life” holds true for everyone in any situation.  How and when the burn survivor should return to work is a major decision, and not one to be made solo or taken lightly. The familiar lament that “we spend...

29 Dec Share Your Burn Survivor Story

The ancient art of storytelling is a lifeline in this challenging era of massive geopolitical upheaval.  Hard to believe that this revered tool partnered contemporary social media, would be a vital means of cultural preservation to dwindling indigenous populations and global diasporas, struggling the keep...

14 Dec Legal Rights of Burn Survivors – The Basics

The survivor of a burn injury bravely, but unwillingly, enters a complicated new world of physical, emotional, psychological and social distress.  All of these areas are impossible to navigate alone. It is beneficial to seek legal help during the early stages of recovery to minimize...

27 Nov Psychological Stress After a Burn Injury

Psychological trauma is an unfortunate and common occurrence after a burn injury. Trauma suffered by burn injury survivors often lurks far beneath physical disfigurement. Insidious and unseen, the attendant social and psychological consequences can often be more damaging than the burn injury itself. Understanding what...