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ABA verification a rigorous process

Tracy Rogers-McDonald, RN, MSN, CCRN, NEA-BC, Trauma and Burn Program Manager

The University of Kansas Hospital’s Burnett Burn Center was one of the first in the country to receive American Burn Association verification 15 years ago.

Burn verification requires a multidisciplinary team of burn specialists. Each caregiver, from physicians and nurses to dietitians and psychologists, is a specialist in burn care within their area of expertise.

Burn surgeons in verified centers must oversee the patient’s care throughout his/her stay. Only providers who specialize in burn care can admit and treat burn patients at our hospital.

Verification also requires a strong performance improvement program. The ABA and the American College of Surgeons expect us to perform a detailed analysis of our care and continuously work to improve patient outcomes. We collect data on each burn patient and enter it into a burn registry. This allows us to compare our processes and outcomes with other verified burn centers.

As a verified burn center, we must be able to consult with all surgical and medical subspecialties. Our 16-bed burn unit has 13 ICU-capable rooms and a dedicated burn OR.

Our burn rehabilitation program includes specialists in burn occupational and physical therapy as well as therapeutic recreation. We also offer family support and have adult and pediatric psychologists with expertise in treating burn survivors.

In addition, our surgeons and support staff conduct and publish burn research, required for verification. Currently, they are involved in more than 12 active studies.