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The Burn Center

Programs

The Burn Center partners with other organizations to provide programs in wound healing, research, prevention, education, and reintegration to our patients and the communities that we serve:

Burn Outreach and Professional Education

This program provides burn prevention education to schools, senior and community groups, health outreach events, and health care/social service professionals free of charge. For more information, please call the Burn Outreach and Professional Education Program Office at (212) 746-5417.

New York Firefighters Wound Healing Research Program

Our research is centered on innovation in burn treatment – from gaming to aid in rehabilitation to nanotechnology – and studying effective prevention methods and injury trends.

  • Basic and clinical aspects of burn injury and epidermal biology, including biological skin substitutes
  • Managing burn wound pruritus (itching), hydrotherapy, splinting and aquatic therapy
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder in adult burn patients
  • Relationship of infection susceptibility to extent of injury

For more information on the New York Firefighters Wound Healing Research Program, please call (212)746-5881.

New York Firefighters Skin Bank

Established nearly 30 years ago, the New York Firefighters Skin Bank is the only comprehensive skin bank in New York State, providing allografts (skin grafts from donated tissue) to patients throughout the country. Allografts enable burn victims to fight infection, maintain their fluids and body heat, and control pain. The Skin Bank also provides cryopreservation services so that patients can bank their own tissue for future transplantation. For more information on the New York Firefighters Skin Bank, please call (212) 746-7546.

New York Firefighters Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO)

Our HBO program offers state-of-the-art, high-pressure oxygen therapy to treat carbon monoxide poisoning, wounds, infections, and other conditions. The HBO is a specially built environment that delivers 100 percent oxygen under pressure to patients, helping to heal diabetic ulcers, radiation injuries, infections, damaged soft tissues and chronic non-healing wounds. HBO therapy provides injured tissues with extra oxygen to support the growth of new blood vessels that can replace those which have been damaged. HBO therapy is also used to reverse the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning by forcing the toxic gases out of the bloodstream and providing extra oxygen to help damaged tissues recover more rapidly. For wound infections, such as gas, gangrene, or bone infections, this treatment augments the body's ability to kill bacteria. For more information on the HBO program, please call (212) 746-4958.

School Reentry

To help a child return to the classroom after a burn, members of the Burn Center will talk with teachers and students about burns, recovery, and how they can help a burn injured classmate. Burn prevention education is also provided. This program is offered free of charge and is open to all burn survivors and families. Presentations are scheduled as needed and coordinated with the child's school. For more information, please call the Burn Outreach and Professional Education Program Office at (212) 746-5417.

Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Program

Children who have set fires may be referred for screening and follow up with support services. Burn prevention education is also provided. This screening program is offered free of charge. Meetings are scheduled, as needed. For more information, please call the Burn Outreach and Professional Education Program office at (212) 746-5417.

Contact

William Randolph Hearst Burn Center
NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
525 East 68th Street
Greenberg Pavilion, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10021
Email: burncenter@nyp.org
 
 
For appointments
(212) 746-5410
 
For burn emergencies
1-888-NYH-BURN (694-2876) or (212) 746-5317

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