Pediatric patients at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center receive a pleasant surprise from some local firefighters. Courtesy - WRDW News 12
Providing care to a pediatric burn patient presents a unique set of challenges that requires exceptional skill and tremendous experience to ensure the best possible outcome. Each year approximately 3,000 burn patients come through the doors of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center, which is double that of other large burn centers in the country. Approximately one-third of our patients are children and of those, at least 10 percent are critically ill and require intensive care.
Burn Care Pediatric Intensivist
Richard Cartie, M.D., Medical Director of Pediatric Critical Care
The Joseph M. Still Burn Center has a full time burn care pediatric intensivist, Dr. Richard Cartie. Dr. Cartie is board-certified in pediatrics and pediatric critical care medicine. His role is to care for the critically ill and injured infants and children. His level of specialization, and that of all those on the burn center team, is unparalleled and allows them to capably handle even the most complex of cases.
Certified Child Life Specialist
Pediatric patients in general present a challenge because of the fear and discomfort they experience. To help its pediatric burn patients deal with the unfamiliarity of their care and treatment, Doctors Hospital employs Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS), Erin Carrick. Carrick has been with the hospital since 2010. Her role is to explain to the child exactly what is going on, as well as working with the parents to help them be aware of what to expect.
Learn more about pediatric care at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in our 2012 Summer/Fall Burn Care Commentary
For patient referrals, contact
Fred Mullins, MD, Medical Director
Joseph M. Still Burn Center
Toll free: 877-863-9595
“When you’re dealing with a one-year-old with a 60 percent burn, that child’s chance of survival and recovery will be greatly improved if cared for by a team like ours that has faced those types of challenges many times,” says Dr. Richard Cartie who is board-certified in pediatrics and pediatric critical care.
“The biggest part of my job is helping to make the environment as normal as possible in the midst of being in a weird room, exposed to all kinds of machines and sounds, and lots of people coming in and out,” says Erin Carrick, Certified Child Life Specialist at Doctors Hospital.
Brian Shirley, NP, examines a burn pediatric patient
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