The Burn Center at UPMC Mercy provides comprehensive treatment for all phases of burn injury care, including burn shock, wound care, and surgery, and rehabilitation and reconstruction.
Clinical expertise at the UPMC Mercy Burn Center includes:
- Emergency Department treatment by burn specialists for any type of burn
- Medical and surgical treatment, state-of-the-art burn surgery, burn reconstructive surgery
- Acute care in a dedicated, state-of-the-art intensive care unit
- Follow-up and rehabilitation
- Treatment of smaller burns (grease, scalding, sun)
- Treatment of infected burns
- Management of problematic wounds and burns
- Specialized treatment of critical areas of the hands and face
- Occupational and physical therapy
- Scar management
The UPMC Mercy Burn Center features a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy treatment room, which is essential for treating serious burns. Hydrotherapy uses warm running water to help the healing process of a burn injury. Hydrotherapy promotes healing by softening and removing the dead tissue and enabling new healthy tissue to form.
In addition to removing dead tissue, hydrotherapy can:
- Clean the surface of the wound and remove debris.
- Prevent loss of fluid through the skin, which often occurs with burns and can lead to dehydration, especially in babies and young children.
- Provide a moist environment for wound healing.
- Remove pus.
- Protect the healthy tissue around the burn from trauma.
- Minimize scar tissue formation.
- Minimize the risk of infection.