Question

What type of follow-up is needed for a child with a burn injury after discharge from the hospital?

Answer

 

A multidisciplinary approach should be used to manage a child with a burn injury. “This team may include: medical staff, psychiatry, school, social work, nursing, nutritionist, occupational and physical therapy, respiratory therapy, and other services.”

Follow-up on a weekly basis is needed until would healing has taken place. Once wound healing has occurred, visits can be decreased to every 4-6 weeks to assess for the development of hypertrophic scars and monitor coping. “Most burn centers then recommend follow-up as needed and may continue follow-up on an annual basis.”

 

For more information refer to your Pediatric Life Care Planning and Case Management textbook.

Rimmer and Caruso (2011) “Life Care Planning for the Pediatric Burn Patient”, in S. Riddick- Grisham (Ed.) Pediatric Life Care Planning and Case Management, 2nd Edition, (pgs. 539-563). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Sheridan and Fox (2004) “Life Care Planning for Children with Pediatric Burns”, in S. Riddick- Grisham (Ed.) Pediatric Life Care Planning and Case Management, 1st Edution, (pgs.637-657). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

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