Burn Center

Our Services

The West Penn Burn Center team members are highly experienced in the management of critical and non-critical pediatric and adult burn injuries. The West Penn Burn Center is uniquely and strategically located so that all of our patients arrive directly into the Burn Center so that we can begin triage and treatment immediately upon arrival. The patients remain in the Burn Center for their entire length of stay. Follow-up care is continued in the Outpatient Clinic where all types of minor burn injuries, along with other skin disorders, are treated. Patients benefit from a dedicated and specialized team that prides itself on improving patient outcomes in both the inpatient and outpatient setting.

Inpatient Services

West Penn Burn Center's inpatient facilities include:

  • 14 private, temperature-controlled, ventilated rooms
  • Six of these rooms are specially equipped for the most critically injured
  • Facilities to treat thermal, electrical or chemical injuries or skin disorders
  • Services for inhalation injuries
  • Advanced treatment rooms
  • Comfortable family waiting room
  • Children’s playroom

Outpatient Services

Outpatient Clinic

The Outpatient Clinic provides evaluation and treatment of acute burn injuries as well as
advanced treatment of complex wounds and other skin injuries. Patients benefit from a dedicated and specialized team that prides itself on improving patient outcomes.

Individualized treatment plans are utilized to promote recovery in the shortest period
of time. Resources and services are available to help patients cope with emotional issues that may result from a traumatic experience such as a burn injury.

Services include:

  • Urgent care for minor and major burns
  • Complex wound management for non-healing wounds
  • Treatment of friction/ abrasion injuries / “road rash” / degloving injuries
  • Treatment of frostbite
  • Treatment of work related burns and wounds
  • Treatment of chemical and electrical burns
  • Continuation of burn care after hospital discharge
  • Scar management and compression garment management
     

Burn Center Outpatient Services are made available 365 days.

Weekdays: 8 am – 4 pm, call 412.578.5120

By request of referring physician, patients can be seen after hours and on weekends: 412.578.5273

EMERGENCY: Call 911

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Advanced wound management


Providing advanced wound management is a natural extension of the expertise and burn care experience acquired and successfully applied over the last 45 years in the West Penn Burn Center. We provide advanced wound healing for chronic, nonhealing and debilitating wounds, including some soft tissue disorders that strongly resemble burn injuries. To treat these wounds and disorders, we have wound specialists who provide advanced surgical techniques in combination with special skin healing products.


Excellence in Pediatric Burn Management


Pediatric burn patient with Ariel Aballay, MDWhen it comes to pediatric patients, the burn injury statistics are alarming. Nationally, children under the age of 16 account for 29% of all burn injuries, with 19% of those injuries occurring in children under the age of 5. Burn-related injuries are categorized as accidental injuries; this category is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in children ages 1 to 9.

West Penn Burn Center is the only burn center in the region to receive the honorable verification seal acknowledging excellence in pediatric burn management from the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons. No one in the region is more committed to treating and supporting children with burn injuries.

Our specialized pediatric burn care services include:

  • Nitrous oxide use for dressing changes
  • Psychological assessment and support
  • Pediatrician, pediatric critical care and pediatric anesthesiology
  • available 24/7 to participate in management of critical pediatric injuries
  • Access to the children’s playroom located inside the Burn Center
  • School re-entry programs for burn-injured children
  • Annual summer camp program for burn-injured children where they can interact with a peer group of burn injury survivors
     

Recognizing the severe psychological impact of burns, we provide clinical consultation services to all pediatric inpatients and during most pediatric outpatient appointments. These services promote child and family psychosocial adjustment to the injury and its treatment, teach children and families how to cope with painful medical procedures such as dressing changes, and educate children and families about burn prevention.
 


 

 

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