The Southern Region burn disaster plan.
A regional burn disaster plan for 24 burn centers located in 11 states comprising the Southern Region of the American Burn Association was developed using online and in-person collaboration between burn center directors during a 2-year period. The capabilities and preferences of burn centers in the Southern Region were queried. A website with disaster information, including a map of regional burn centers and spreadsheet of driving distances between centers, was developed. Standard terminology for burn center capabilities during disasters was defined as open, full, diverting, offloading, or returning. A simple, scalable, and flexible disaster plan was designed. Activation and escalation of the plan revolves around the requirements of the end user, the individual burn center director. A key provision is the designation of a central communications point colocated at a burn center with several experienced burn surgeons. In a burn disaster, the burn center director can make a single phone call to the communications center, where a senior burn surgeon remote from the disaster can contact other burn centers and emergency agencies to arrange assistance. Available options include diversion of new admissions to the next closest center, transfer of patients to other regional centers, or facilitation of activation of federal plans to bring burn care providers to the affected burn center. Cooperation between regional burn center directors has produced a simple and flexible regional disaster plan at minimal cost to institute or operate.
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Barillo, D. J., Dimick, A. R., Cairns, B. A., Hardin, W. D., Acker, J. E., 3rd, & Peck, M. D. (2006). The Southern Region burn disaster plan. Journal of burn care & research : official publication of the American Burn Association, 27(5), 589–595. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.BCR.0000235460.76089.66
Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Surgery