The Burn Program at Arkansas Children's Hospital

Over 100,000 patients are admitted every year to burn centers across the country. While many burns are minor and do not require hospitalization, some burns can be very extensive or deep and may require hospitalization and surgery. Approximately one-third of patients treated for burns are pediatric patients.

Arkansas Children's Hospital is home to Arkansas' ONLY Burn Program. Founded in 1928, the Burn Program has been providing comprehensive, personal care to adult and pediatric patients. On average, the Burn Program admits over 400 patients a year and sees over 2250 outpatient visits.

The Burn Program is at the forefront of medicine, utilizing skin substitutes, advanced skin grafting techniques, reality and other innovative technologies to help patients recover faster, decrease pain and improve cosmetic and functional outcomes.

The Burn Team is unique and comprises of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurse practitioners, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, a clinical nutritionist, pharmacists, social workers, chaplains, child life specialists, psychologists, rehabilitation specialists, respiratory therapists and a discharge planner. The entire team is dedicated to providing the best burn care in the nation and works with families and patients alike to assist in the recovery process.

In addition to thermal burns, the burn center has expertise in managing the following conditions:

  • Burn reconstruction/scar revision
  • Chemical injuries
  • Electrical injuries
  • Inhalation injuries
  • Skin sloughing disorders (including Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis and Steven-Johnson Syndrome)
  • Traumatic soft-tissue injuries (including “de-gloving injuries” and “road-rash”)