What does battery acid do to the skin? Battery acid burns and how to treat them

Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America’s nationwide system cares for patients suffering from a continuum of burn and wound injuries. These injuries may include everything from diabetic wounds and ulcers to thermal and chemical burns. Our expert burn and wound care teams are experienced in the emergency, acute and reconstructive treatment of burns of all […]
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Dispelling the myths of homeopathic burn remedies

When it comes to at-home burn care, homeopathic burn remedies are generally frowned upon as treatment options because there is little to no research on whether these remedies improve or delay the healing process. However, some at-home burn care treatments are recommended for use on minor burns. To help give every patient the best outcome […]
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What is the rule of nines, and how can it be applied in burn care?

The rule of nines is a method used to estimate TBSA, inform fluid resuscitation and initiate the patient transfer process. For patient safety, the rule of nines should only be calculated by healthcare professionals.   For Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America (BRCA), burn centers across our care system, emergency services personnel and many other […]
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The ABCs of Fire Extinguishers—Know which type is right for your needs

Did you know there is more than one type of fire extinguisher, and each one is classified by its contents? Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America (BRCA) is helping keep our communities safe by breaking down fire extinguisher classifications into an easy-to-follow guide so that you know which fire safety device is right for your […]
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How to identify and treat sunburns and sun poisoning in kids

For babies, young children and older adults, the sun can pose serious health risks due to their skin being thinner and more prone to sunburn. Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America’s (BRCA) Dr. Rich Cartie, Director of Pediatric Critical Care at the Joseph M. Still (JMS) Burn Center of Augusta, wants parents to pay special […]
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Ointments and creams recommended for use on burns

Treating minor burns or caring for burns after leaving the burn center can be intimidating! There are so many products out there; how do you know which ones are safe to use on your burns? The experts at Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America (BRCA) are here to help you choose the ointments and creams […]
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What an infected burn looks like, and how to tell if your burn is infected

Burn wound after-care is an essential part of a complication-free recovery. However, even when doing everything right, something can still go wrong. At Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America, we work around the clock with our patients to ensure a smooth recovery back to a healthy life. Whether you’re at home healing from a burn […]
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World Social Work Day: Burn social work

Being a Burn Social Worker is a special privilege. For many of our patients, we are there in the middle of a tragedy that impacts the patient and their family as well. Some are facing the loss of their home or family members while some are unsure if or when they can return to their […]
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Stay safe while you heal with these patient care tips

Whether at home or in one of our burn centers, patient safety and wellbeing are Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America’s (BRCA) top priorities. During the acute and reconstructive phases of treatment, proper wound care, attention to personal hygiene and healthy habits are fundamental to preventing complications and progressing the healing process. This Patient Safety […]
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Sun poisoning: what it is and how to prevent it

From winter snow activities to summers spent outside, damaging UV rays are a health hazard all year round. UV or ultraviolet rays describe the type of radiation present in sunlight. Exposure to UV rays can damage the skin, including premature aging, skin cancer, severe sunburns and sun poisoning, even on cloudy days. As regions across […]
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Cardiovascular Awareness Month: a healthy heart heals

Cardiovascular health is essential to the overall function of the body. If the heart is sick or the arteries are clogged, then the rest of the body suffers too. February is Cardiovascular Awareness Month and Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America (BRCA) is dedicated to raising awareness of cardiovascular health’s positive and negative impacts on […]
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Sepsis Survivor Week: what everyone should know about sepsis

As the largest burn center in the nation, the Joseph M. Still (JMS) Burn Center at Doctors Hospital of Augusta treats many patients with various needs, including burn, wound, skin and soft tissue disorder and reconstructive care. However, a major risk to the health and well-being of many of our critically ill or acutely ill […]
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