Jefferson Burn Center
Our ground and air medical transportation service will work to ensure you or a loved one will arrive at Jefferson as quickly and as safely as possible.
Burns are common injuries that range in severity from small cooking accidents to large industrial burns.
At the Jefferson Burn Center, you'll have access to the medical team behind our Level 1 Trauma Center, including surgeons, nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, physical therapists, occupational therapists and case managers – who will treat and manage your injuries so that you can get back to your routine. In addition to our acute burn treatment setting, Jefferson also offers an outpatient office and JeffConnect for follow-up visits and less severe cases.
In 2016, the American Burn Association reported 486,000 burns injuries that required medical treatment.
Types of Burns Treated
First-degree burns are superficial, red and sometimes painful. Second-degree burns may cause the skin to be red, blistered and swollen. They're oven very painful. Third-degree burns are whitish, charred or translucent, and there is no sensation of a pin prick on the burned area. Depending on the severity or size of the injury, you may be discharged home or to a long-term care facility.
The American Burn Association lists 10 types of burn injuries that should be treated at a burn center, including:
- Burns that cover more than 10 percent of the body
- Burns involving the face, hands, feet, major joints, perineum or genitalia
- Third-degree burns of any kind
- Electrical burns
- Inhalation injuries due to fires
- Chemical burns
- Burns in patients with preexisting medical conditions
- Burns in patients who also experience another trauma
- Burns in children in facilities not equipped to handle burns in patients of all ages
- Burns in patients who require additional social, emotional or long-term interventions
Since 1987, Jefferson has been an accredited Level 1 Regional Resource Trauma Center in Philadelphia and a referral center for multiple suburban communities and trauma centers in the region to treat a wide variety of trauma-related conditions.
Leading the team, William B. Hughes, MD, Director of the unit, has treated every type of burn injury for the past 20 years – from small cooking accidents or frostbite to large electrical burns.
Dr. Hughes is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery, with practice experience in critical care, trauma, burn and general surgery. He's co-author and editor of The Essential Burn Unit Handbook, and one of the most respected burn surgeons in the area.
Call 1-800-JEFF-121 (1-800-533-3121) to expedite time-sensitive emergency transfers and nonemergent transfers for tertiary care services at Jefferson Health Hospitals. You will be connected to an attending physician and JeffSTAT.
Patients should call 911 or go to the emergency department to be examined by burn specialists for any type of burn.