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MCH Emergency Department launches Teleburn program with OSUWMC
January 31, 2014
On Wednesday, December 11, 2013,
Teleburn is advanced technology that allows physicians to examine patients off-site. If a patient comes in to the emergency room with a burn of any kind, a mobile device allows burn specialists at OSUWMC to see the injury. At that point, the specialist can decide if treatment can take place at MCH or if they require specialty care at a burn clinic.
The burn specialist is a physician that is qualified to identify the severity of a burn related injury. They can also determine if there may be a need for reconstructive surgery such as skin grafting.
"Teleburn, like Telestroke, provides a great service to the community," said Leanne Manring, Director of Emergency Services at MCH. "We no longer need to transfer patients who may only need an evaluation. The burn specialists at OSUWMC can determine if the injury can be treated at MCH and set up a follow-up appointment at the burn clinic at OSUWMC. This saves the patient unnecessary trips to multiple providers."
The program allows patients the opportunity to receive immediate treatment for more serious injuries. Patients can begin treatment faster than being transported to a burn center by ambulance.
The addition of the Teleburn program is the latest technological improvement provided through MCH's affiliation with the OSU/Mount Carmel Health Alliance. Since 1999, the partnership with these systems has allowed MCH to provide quality healthcare in
"We are excited to grow in our affiliation and offer this new, specialized service for our patients," said Manring. "It allows us to expedite the continuity of care and allow for a quicker recovery."