UF Health acute care surgeons work with hand surgeons, pediatric surgeons, nurses and social workers. We provide thorough and compassionate care for adults and children with a burn injury, a severe skin disorder or a difficult/chronic wound problem. We also provide assistance to patients following complex corrective or reconstructive surgeries.
We offer a full spectrum of burn care from outpatient services to the most advanced level of inpatient critical care medicine.
In 1973, we opened a six-bed burn intensive care unit with the support of Eugene Tubbs, MD, who was a legislator, physician and attorney. In 1988, a new unit was opened. Hal G. Bingham, MD, served as the unit's medical director, overseeing its expansion to eight beds. David W. Mozingo, MD, became the unit's medical director in 1996 after Dr. Bingham's retirement. Under Dr. Mozingo's direction, the unit was verified as a Burn Center by the American Burn Association with eight beds and outpatient services expanded to include wound care. In 2019, the unit relocated to a leading-edge 27-bed unit. Ian Driscoll, MD, became the unit's medical director in July 2019 after Dr. Mozingo's retirement. Dr. Driscoll works closely with the pediatric surgery service to provide a multidisciplinary, team approach to treating patients and saving lives.
Patients with burns are initially treated at an emergency department. Following assessment and treatment, the emergency department refers patients to our burn center.
The American Burn Association identified the following criteria for referrals to a burn center:
- Second-degree burns greater than or equal to 10% of the total body surface area
- Burns that involve the face, hands, feet, genitalia, perineum or major joints
- Third-degree burns in any age group
- Electrical burns, including lightning injury
- Chemical burns
- Inhalation injury
- Pre-existing medical disorders that could complicate management, prolong recovery or affect mobility
- Burns and concomitant trauma (other injuries such as broken bones; fractures; brain injuries; inhalation injuries or abdominal trauma) in which injury poses the greatest risk of morbidity or mortality
- Children needing qualified personnel and equipment
Patients who require special social, emotional or long-term rehab intervention
Research at the Burn Center
As part of an academic medical center, we are committed to being actively involved in research. Through research we can continue to innovate and provide leading-edge clinical care. By studying materials or medications that may decrease hospital length of stay, improve healing time, improve cosmetic outcomes and lower costs, we help improve patient outcomes.
Current research studies include:
- Comparing a new topical cream to standard burn cream as it relates to severe burn treatment
- Evaluating the impact of traditional burn treatments on swallowing
- Studying the characteristics of healing in burn victims in order to improve future health care
- Use of skin graft adhesive to improve healing and decrease pain from staples
- Analyzing fluids and tissue from chronic wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers, decubitus and venous stasis ulcers to better understand the healing properties
- New Antimicrobial therapy for ventilator associated pneumonias
- New medications to improve pain management in the thermally injured burn patient
- Participate in multicenter trial groups to better understand disease states such as TENS and Purpura Fulminans, as well as general burn care
As new therapies become available in the area of burns and chronic wounds, we will be offering further research.
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Meeting your health care needs
UF Health offers day-of, on-site imaging services in a qualified medical center.
Meds to beds is a bedside free service designed with your convenience in mind. Our meds to beds program allows a pharmacist to deliver your medications to you prior to your discharge from the hospital.
Full-service, on-site lab services and testing for your convenience.
Safe, effective medical and surgical techniques designed to prevent anemia and decrease bleeding during a procedure.
Accepts most prescription plans; competitive prices; on-site.
Exceptional, individualized, compassionate and evidence-based midwifery care.
Please contact your provider to schedule an appointment and they will determine if a telehealth visit is right for you.
For your convenience and peace of mind
Aids and services are available to help people with disabilities communicate effectively.
Many of UF Health's properties have various branch ATMs and/or branch offices.
Baby-changing stations are available in many of UF Health's restrooms.
Friends and family can send messages to any UF Health patient through the CareMail service.
Options include Opus Coffee and Starbucks in the hospital atriums.
Patients and guests get free wireless internet access at UF Health hospitals.
The Garden of Hope, Sun Terrace, and other spaces help patients and families relax.
Gender-neutral, public restrooms are located throughout UF Health's properties.
The Gift Stops offer a wide variety of gifts and products for patients and families.
UF Health provides free language services to people whose primary language is not English.
You can download a form or call (352) 594-0909 to have medical records mailed or faxed.
Notary services are available to patients and visitors Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Smoking, chewing tobacco, or using electronic cigarettes is prohibited on UF Health properties.
Social workers are part of the patient's care team and work with medical staff and nurses.
In some cases, UF Health offers telehealth care via a desktop computer, smartphone, or tablet.
In some cases, UF Health offers telehealth visits via a desktop computer, smartphone, or tablet.