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Conditions and Treatments

Innovative care for complex burn injuries

Adult and pediatric patients at The University of Kansas Hospital receive the latest treatments and therapies for complex burns and wounds. This includes:

  • Chemical, electrical, flame and scald burns. 
  • Wounds that are difficult or slow to heal, such as those resulting from trauma, surgery, and conditions such as diabetes and vascular disease. 
  • Extensive chronic wounds due to large areas of skin loss from conditions that may include: 
    • Toxic epidermal necrolysis, or TEN, caused by an adverse drug reaction 
    • Severe dermatitis 
    • Necrotizing fasciitis, or flesh-eating bacteria syndrome 

Continuum of care

Our experienced multidisciplinary team provides comprehensive care for the whole patient. We treat the physical and mental effects of severe burns and wounds to restore maximum physical function and psychological well-being. Patients receive a continuum of care that includes inpatient and outpatient care, wellness classes and group support. 

Inpatient care

Our Gene and Barbara Burnett Burn Center is located on the hospital’s fifth floor. Here, inpatients receive advanced care that includes:
  • On-site operating room
  • Pain management
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Plastic surgery 

Plastic surgery and reconstruction services

Patients with burns or complex wounds may receive plastic surgery procedures to help promote healing and reduce scarring. 

Procedures include:
  • Skin graft
    This procedure uses healthy tissue and skin from elsewhere on the body to help heal wounds that are large, difficult to close, or to replace scar tissue in a deep burn.
  • Scar revision procedures
    Surgery and topical treatments can improve the appearance of burn scars and increase the flexibility of joints affected by scarring.
  • Tissue expansion
    When there is insufficient tissue around a wound to close it, we place a small balloon-like expander under the skin and gradually fill it with saline to stretch the skin.
  • Flap surgery or microsurgery
    These procedures use living tissue and possibly bone to repair severe wounds.

Outpatient care

Patients who don’t require hospital care and those who need follow-up care to help speed recovery receive advanced care at our Outpatient Burn and Wound Care Center.

Located on the hospital’s first floor, we provide specialized outpatient care that may include: