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UR Medicine's Approach
The Kessler Burn Center provides burn care from the time of injury through long-term rehabilitation.
Throughout the healing process, we use the most advanced technologies and innovative treatments available, such as skin grafts and vacuum-assisted closure techniques (VAC).
Skin graft surgery uses healthy skin "donated" from one area of a patient's body and transplanted to the injured area.
When a patient's healthy skin is limited due to injury or is too weak, skin from another person, animal, or a manufactured skin substitute can be used. Another possibility is to use cultured skin—new skin grown in a lab from the patient's own skin cells.
In addition to the Burn Center, the Burn Clinic provides rapid care for people with burns that are not life-threatening. The Clinic allows you to avoid a wait in the Emergency Department.
What Sets Us Apart?
As the region’s the only dedicated burn center, we provide:
- Access to the latest skin grafting technology, cultured technology and a healing clinic, along with treatments and therapies not available anywhere else in western New York.
- Expert burn surgeons, supported by a specialized team of doctors, nurses, therapists, and psychologists, all trained in burn care.
- Critical Care Transport Service for the Greater Rochester region.
- Comprehensive rehabilitation resources including nutritionists; social workers; child life specialists; and occupational, physical, and respiratory therapists.
- In 1994, we partnered with Camp Good Days and Special Times and the Finger Lakes Regional Burn Association to create Burn Camp for Children, for children between the ages of 7 and 17 who have been treated for a burn injury in New York State or Ontario, Canada. The four-day overnight summer camp has been entirely underwritten, so there’s no cost to attend. It runs at the end of August at a site near Rochester. For more information, email Paul Schwartzman.
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