Burn Center Has 36 Patients in Three Months
Thirty-six severely burned patients were admitted to the Burn Treatment Center at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, Chester, Pa., during the first three months of its operation. The center, which was started last November, is funded by the Burn Foundation of Greater Delaware Valley. The foundation recently opened a second center at St. Agnes Hospital in Philadelphia, bringing the number of intensivecomprehensive care beds to 26.
Of the 36 severely burned patients who were admitted to CCMC’s Burn Center, 32 were transferred from other hospitals in the Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Delaware area. Sixteen were flown in by helicopter ambulance, 15 by the foundation’s helicopter ambulance and one by the Delaware State Police helicopter.
The youngest patient was two years old, while the oldest was 95. Home fires and explosions accounted for 21 severely burned cases, 10 were victims of industrial accidents, three were scalded and two had severe electrical burns. Eight patients have been released from the center and return weekly for follow-up treatment.
The foundation’s Hughes 500C helicopter ambulance is on 24-hour standby. It accommodates two litters, a hospital evacuating team of a physician and a nurse, life-sustaining equipment and an experienced medivac pilot.