The short-term and long-term effects of electric shock on the human body

Electric shock is a terrifying phenomenon that didn’t begin with Nikola Tesla or Thomas Edison. Electricity is all around us, all the time, and comes with the possibility and reality of electric shock. Electrical burns are some of the most complex and deadliest burn injuries treated across Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America’s (BRCA) national […]
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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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Little boy injured by firework hopes to see again soon

Every Christmas Eve, eight-year-old Skyler Hinson and his family shoot off fireworks to celebrate the holiday season. On Dec. 23, 2020, they decided to go ahead and shoot off some of the fireworks ahead of the rain on Christmas Eve. Hinson, his three-year-old sister and great-grandfather, went out into the backyard to kick off the […]
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Practice cooking safety with BRCA for National Burn Awareness Week

Monday, Feb. 6, marks the beginning of National Burn Awareness Week across the country. Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America (BRCA), the nation’s most extensive burn care system, is joining the cause and spreading educational materials, prevention tools and more to communities across the country. Organized by the American Burn Association (ABA), the week is […]
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Kitchen safety for the at-home-chef

Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America (BRCA) is celebrating Burn Awareness Week! We encourage you to celebrate with us as we work to raise awareness for cooking burns (the 2022 theme chosen by the American Burn Association) and spread prevention techniques to help avoid kitchen hazards all year round. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, […]
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Commercial Kitchen Safety for Professional Cooks and Chefs

Workplace safety should be an everyday collaborative effort between employers and employees. When working in a commercial kitchen, there are many workplace hazards that pose a burn, fire or laceration injury threat. This Burn Awareness Week, Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America (BRCA) is helping reduce the risk of injury in commercial kitchens by raising […]
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