Produced by Galveston Shriners Burn Hospital and
The University of Texas
Medical Branch Blocker Burn Unit.
Contributors: Sally Abston MD, Patricia Blakeney
PhD, Manubhai Desai MD,
Patricia Edgar RN, CIC,John P Heggers PhD, David N Herndon MD,
Marsha Hildreth RD,
Ray J Nichols Jr. MD
SERVICES RESIDENT ORIENTATION cont'd
The rehab philosophy is to assist the patient to reach the highest
level of function possible. This requires efforts of the entire
interdisciplinary team. Our therapists are cross-trained and there is
not a difference in patient care between the 2 disciplines. Therapists
are known as "Burn Therapists" and physicians' orders should be written for
"Rehab" or "OT/PT".
A. Initial - Evaluation requires physician signature for performance
(orange stripe form).
B. Ongoing - Physicians' orders reflect rehabilitative care throughout
C. Discharge - Referral for outpatient therapy requires physician
D. Return to Clinic - Outpatient Summary requires physician signature.
A. Bandage wrapping and splint application classes are Monday and
Wednesday at 13:30 (staff invited to classes)
B. Educational slide programs are Friday at 13:30. The program
stresses the importance of pressure, splints, activity, exercises, and
positioning. Patients are included in this formal training at age 9
and above. The primary therapist assigned to the patient provides
one-on-one training on exercises.
A. Tuesday - Interdisciplinary D/C Planning Meeting.
B. Thursday - Grand Rounds.
C. Monday, Wednesday, Friday - Unit rounds on a daily basis at bedside
with team, 7:00a.m.
D. Saturday, Sunday & Holidays - Unit rounds at 9:30a.m. (or as the
attending physician schedules).
E. Weekend Treatment - Therapists provide priority treatments only.
Only 2 therapists are present on weekends and holidays.
A. Referral process and paperwork.
A. All above procedures are tracked and continued in terms of the
patient and family meeting their rehabilitation goals. Outpatient
summaries are updated and provided to patient family and referral source.
Our department participates in outreach clinics to provide follow-up
treatments to patients in their community or surrounding areas. During
these clinics we proved priority therapy needs, i.e. splinting and pressure
therapy, and we make recommendations for the next level of rehab care.
A. The department assists with school re-entries so the children's
return to school may be a smooth transition.
TEAM WORK IS VITAL FOR GOOD PATIENT CARE