Burn FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to common questions about burns and wounds.

Q: My child has been playing with matches. Can I bring him to the burn center to see what happens when you get burned? 
A: No. HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) rules prevent tours of the facility. Contact your local fire department to receive assistance with prevention information and juvenile firesetter programs.

Q: Can I send flowers to a patient in the burn center? 
A: No. Bacteria are in the flowers and the water, and are a potential source of infection. Fruit is another possible source of infection.

Q: What can I send to a patient in the burn center? 
A: Balloon bouquets, banners, cards, posters, picture collages and stuffed animals are always popular choices.

Q: Can I donate my own skin for my loved one’s skin grafting surgery? 
A: No. Patients must receive their own skin (autograft) during surgery. Placing another person’s skin (allograft or homograft) on the patient is a temporary solution because the body will reject it.

Q: I am having a tummy tuck and would like to donate the skin to the burn center. How do I do that? 

A: Unfortunately, we cannot accept that type of donation.

Q: I have a cold. Can I still visit a patient? 
A: Burn patients have compromised immune systems. If you have a temperature, you should never visit. If you have a cold, you may visit if you wear a mask and are even more vigilant about hand washing.

Q: My organization wants to collect items for the patients in the burn center. What do you suggest?
A: We have patients of all ages in the burn center. Toys for our pediatric patients must be disinfected after each use, so avoid cloth-like items. We also have DVD players, so movies are always in great demand. Other possibilities are books, crossword puzzles, and music CDs, especially relaxation music.

Q: If we donate money to the burn center how is it spent? 

A: It depends on if you donate it to a specific fund. Generally, donations are used to send children to burn camp or send survivors to support conferences such as those hosted by the Phoenix Society. Donations also provide items for patient use in the burn center, such as CDs, movies and toys; burn prevention information and programs for the community; and staff education.

Q: I know a child who was burned and would like to go to burn camp. How can I help? 
A: Any burn survivor under the age of 18 is eligible to go to camp. To receive information about camps available in our region, visit the Burn Recovery Support Group website.