Programs and Events
The UPMC Mercy Burn Center offers many programs and events for burn patients of all ages to help with recovery.
Child Life Specialist
Our pediatric patients have the opportunity to be supported by a child life specialist during an inpatient admission or an outpatient appointment. Child life specialists are trained professionals who focus on the emotional, social, and developmental well-being of hospitalized children and their families to help reduce stress and anxiety and to promote effective coping.
Our child life specialists offer developmentally appropriate preparation and education for medical experiences, teach techniques to reduce stress and anxiety, provide medical play opportunities using real and pretend medical equipment, provide emotional support to children and families, and offer opportunities for normal play and development while children are in the hospital.
Injury Prevention Programs
Learn Not to Burn
Learn Not to Burn is a comprehensive burn prevention program developed by the National Fire Prevention Association
. The program, designed for early elementary students, focuses on lessons and activities to prevent childhood burns. The program is presented upon request by volunteer health care professionals from the UPMC Mercy Burn Center.
‘Leave It to the Professionals’ — Fireworks Safety
The UPMC Mercy Trauma and Burn Center team wants to make the public aware of how dangerous fireworks can be, especially during Fourth of July celebrations. These explosive devices pose a serious injury risk to anyone attempting to use them. Even devices such as sparklers can cause severe injuries, and should be kept out of the hands of young children.
Did you know?
- The majority of patients with fireworks injuries treated at UPMC Mercy are men, with an average age of 30.
- Approximately five patients are annually admitted to the Burn Center with an amputation of a limb or loss of vision due to fireworks explosions.
Annual Glow Stick Giveaway
As part of an ongoing effort to discourage the use of fireworks and sparklers, the Burn Center team provides alternate glow products to more than 30 local area EMS agencies for distribution annually. Community members are encouraged to contact their local EMS department for availability.
UPMC Mercy Burn Survivor Sunday: A Year of Celebration
Burn Survivor Sunday, which takes place the first Sunday of February, is a yearly event that allows burn survivors treated in the UPMC Mercy Gertrude P. and Donald C.W. Birmingham Trauma and Burn Center to reunite and celebrate their survival with members of their care team. The celebration includes a visit by pet therapy dogs, a balloon artist, arts and crafts, face painting, and lunch.
Camp Susquehanna is a free summer camp for children age 7 to 17 who have suffered a severe burn injury requiring at least a four-day hospital stay. It is sponsored by the M. Elvin Byler Memorial Sertoma Club and is held annually during the last full weekend in June. Camp goals include building self-esteem, social networking, providing fun physical activities, teaching responsibility and coping skills, and increasing public awareness. Transportation is provided to the camp from UPMC Mercy.