burn injury

People Caring for Injury Survivors May Benefit From User-Friendly Information and Support Groups

Over 65 million American adults act as caregivers to a person with a medical condition, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving. Caregivers are often spouses, parents, children, or friends of a person with a health condition or disability, and they may provide a great deal of unpaid assistance with activities of daily living, housing, transportation, or medical needs. People with burn injuries, spinal cord injuries (SCI), and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) may experience long-term disabilities and may require caregiving assistance.

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For People with Severe Burn Injuries, Cognitive and Communication Problems May Be Common

About half a million Americans are treated for burn-related injuries each year. A burn can result from exposure to a fire or contact with hot liquids, chemicals, or electricity. Although the burn injury itself is often treatable, burn injury survivors may have lasting functional challenges. These can include problems with cognition—thinking, remembering, or solving problems— due to the effects of inhaling smoke or toxic fumes, loss of oxygen, anesthetic use, or other medical complications. These cognitive problems can make communication difficult for a person with burn injury.

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Telemedicine can help care teams focus on recovery after burn injury

Each year, about 486,000 Americans receive treatment for serious burn-related injuries. A burn injury may result from exposure to a fire or skin contact with hot liquids, electricity, or chemicals. People with burn injuries may undergo surgery to repair the skin or address scarring in the burned area, and then spend some time recovering at a rehabilitation hospital. During this time, they may continue to receive follow-up care from their burn surgeon.

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RehabWire - Volumen 5, Número 8, Septiembre 2003.

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RehabWire de septiembre destaca el trabajo de los Sistemas Modelo de Lesiones por Quemadura y la investigación sobre las lesiones por quemadura publicada en el último año.

RehabWire - Volume 5, Number 8, September 2003.

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RehabWire for September highlights the work of the Burn Injury Model Systems and burn injury research published in the last year.

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