Shriners Hospitals for Children - Galveston
University of Texas Medical Branch
Specializing in the treatment of radiation, chemical, thermal, and inhalation injury
The Galveston Burn Center
An international center of excellence for burn care
The Galveston burn center has its origin in the 1947
explosion in Texas City, Texas, which killed 653 people and injured
thousands more. This disaster inspired new models for mass
casualties and prompted the
To date, 203 clinical and research fellows have been trained (162 MDs, 3 MD/PhDs, 25 PhDs, 2 DO, 2 DVMs, 6 MBBSs, 1 FRCS, 1 MBChB, and 1 MS).
Fellows are supported by research fellowships (3 NIH, 2-4 Shrine, 2-4 funded extramurally) and clinical fellowships (3 ACGME accredited, 1 Shrine).
National telemedicine efforts, international telemedicine clinics, international burn conferences, facilitating education through the web. Established the Burn Research in Texas (BRIT) consortium to facilitate multicenter studies in the burn field. BRIT members include the largest burn centers in Texas. Currently, five ongoing multicenter studies include consortia members.
UTMB Galveston/Shriners Hospitals for Children—Galveston has active research programs, strong interdepartmental collaboration, and federal and private grant funding. In 2014, extramural research funds totaled $27,203,562 (federal, $22,067,585 and private, $5,135,977). Additional funding includes $3,904,128 from Shriners Hospitals for Children, a $12.5 M endowment from BP (“Remembering the 15”), and other endowments for burn researchers.
Researchers at Shriners Hospitals for Children—Galveston have numerous publications to their credit. These include peer-reviewed journal articles (1,064 from 2001 to 2014) and books (over 40), one of which (Total Burn Care) is a world-renowned reference for burn care.
◘ Develop action plans for disasters that could occur throughout the region
◘ Provide Advanced Basic Life Support training to county fire departments, emergency rooms & ICUs
◘ Prepare a plan to obtain large amounts of blood and skin quickly
◘ Improve university programs in procurement of skin for skin bank
◘ Improve treatments so that mortality and morbidity are reduced in the very young and very old
◘ Implement use of anabolic agents and exercise programs to speed recovery and rehabilitation
◘ Improve psychological care to promote successful reintegration of patients into society
◘ Implement use of smart medical monitors for automated critical care assessment & treatment
◘ Establish a Texas-wide burn registry.
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