Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can skin from gastroplasty surgery be donated to the Burn Center?
A: No. The donor skin used at the Burn Center is cadaver skin processed through a skin bank.
Q: What do you do about itching at time of discharge?
A: Use Benadryl. Keep the burn lubricated with lotion or Crisco.
Q: When should a person seek treatment in a burn unit instead of a regular hospital?
A: Individuals as well as medical staff should use the American Burn Association guidelines for referral to patients to a burn unit.
View the center's Referral Criteria under Care Professionals in the navigation for more information.
Q: How long is a patient usually in the Burn Center?
A: It varies. The length of stay depends on the percentage of body burned, depth of burn (2nd or 3rd degree) and other medical complications involved (such as diabetes, heart disease, etc.).
Q: Will there be scarring?
A: Most second-degree burns heal with minimal scarring and pigmentation does return. All third degree burns must be grafted with the individual’s own skin, therefore a scar is inevitable.
Q: What can a family do to prepare for the patient’s return home?
A: Discharge planning begins at admission with early identification of discharge needs. A case manager and social worker prepare the family for discharge.
Q: Where can I stay while my loved one is the Burn Center?
A: The Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation Chavis Retreat is available for family members at no cost. For more information about the SFBF, log onto www.burnshurtwehelp.org/.
Q: My loved one does not have medical insurance, what can I do to help them?
A: Trained professional, financial counselors are available at the hospital to assist with possible funding programs.
Q: Do I have to wait for my loved one to make a Social Security disability application?
A: No, you can call 1.800.772.1213 to initiate the application process.
Q: Are there organizations nearby that can receive money wires for burn family members?
A: Yes, please contact the Burn Center social worker, Tom Dorn, for more information at (706) 651-6660
Q: How can I donate blood for my loved one?
A: Contact the Shepherd Community Blood Center, the exclusive blood donation center for the Joseph M. Still Burn Center, at (706) 737-4551.
For more information about the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital you can contact us.
For patient referrals, contact
Fred Mullins, MD, Medical Director
Joseph M. Still Burn Center
Toll free: 877-863-9595
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