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Children's Wound Care


Blythedale is a center of excellence in treating children with complex burns and wounds. Our specialized burn rehabilitation team is comprised of experts in pediatric rehabilitation medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry/psychology, and nursing. These specialists, as well as the largest hospital-based pediatric therapy service (physical, occupational, speech and respiratory) in New York State provide acute comprehensive inpatient burn rehabilitation and wound care to children who are admitted from regional tertiary care centers. The goal of the burn rehabilitation program is to obtain maximum autonomy and functionality while maintaining the optimal integrity of the burn grafts with scar control. The child’s clinical team works collaboratively with parents and other caregivers to identify developmentally appropriate medical and therapeutic goals. This team is also committed to meeting the psychological and social challenges that accompany burn and wound treatment and recovery, including body image concerns.
 
Comprehensive rehabilitation, aggressive nutritional support, pain management, evaluation of needs by sophisticated pressure mapping for wounds, and the optimization of any necessary medical equipment are integral parts of the program. The interdisciplinary team continually re-assesses patient skin grafts and modifies strategies for scar management, wound surveillance, maintenance of functional range of motion and need for changes in splints and compression garments. Close monitoring of patient progress, as well as surveillance for potential barriers of excessive scar formation, deconditioning, and orthopedic and neurologic sequelae are monitored on a frequent basis for swift intervention. A focus on the important rehabilitative commitment needed in all phases of burn care treatment is stressed. Coordinated planning for discharge provides families with detailed information regarding follow-up care, equipment needs, specialized accommodations and support services available to ensure the continuity of care.

Additional advantages to patients and families:

  • Board-certified pediatricians 24/7, including full-time staff in rehabilitation medicine.
  • Experienced nursing staff (75% R.N.) with training in monitoring of skin and nutritional needs, and wound care certified nurses.
  • Largest hospital-based pediatric therapy department in New York State, with 85 full-time pediatric therapists (physical, occupational, speech pathology and feeding).
  • Pain Management team.
  • Full-time child life specialists provid emotional support, assistance with strategies for coping with pain and anxiety, and procedural preparation.
  • On-site adaptive equipment clinic with specially trained seating and mobility specialists.
  • Family Resource Center provides parents and caregivers opportunities to access computers and resource materials on medical diagnoses and treatments.
  • On-site Prosthetic/Orthotic Clinic allows for comprehensive evaluation with our in-house interdisciplinary team of pediatric rehabilitation physicians, orthotists and therapists.
  • School programming at the Mt. Pleasant Blythedale UFSD – the Hospital’s on-site K-12 public school district to facilitate continued education during recovery.
  • Unique Day Hospital program for patients who need intensive rehabilitation and/or medical care.
On-Site Services and Support Areas:
  • Pediatric Medicine
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Child Psychiatry and Psychology
  • Pain Management
  • Child Life
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Pediatric Occupational Therapy
  • Pediatric Physical Therapy
Additional Specialty Support Areas Available:
  • Child Neurology
  • Pediatric Orthopaedics
  • Pediatric Pulmonology
  • Pediatric Respiratory Therapy
  • Speech Pathology and Feeding Therapy
  • Additional consultative specialists as needed
Clinical Support Services
  • Audiology
  • Social Work/Case Management
  • Patient Advocacy
  • Assistive Technology
  • On-site Equipment Clinic
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