March 14, 2000

The UC Davis Regional Burn Center has received verification from the American Burn Association (ABA), a national organization that assesses burn centers' abilities and performance, as well as their role in regional trauma systems.

"Verification signifies a commitment as a team to give the best burn care possible," said Dr. David Greenhalgh, chief of burn surgery at UC Davis Medical Center and at Shriners Hospitals For Children Northern California. "In this case, two units have combined to create a 'Burn Center of Excellence.'"

The UC Davis Burn Center and the Shriners Hospitals received ABA verification simultaneously. Children receive treatment at the Shriners Hospitals, while adults receive their care at the UC Davis Burn Center. Both units are under the guidance of Greenhalgh and Dr. Tina Palmieri, an assistant professor of surgery at UC Davis Medical Center.

Both institutions cover all aspects of burn care, including critical care, and wound management and grafting. Both centers also provide for rehabilitation and reconstructive surgery.

The ABA has created national standards to optimize burn care in the United States through a voluntary review of burn centers. The standards are intended to provide a systematic approach to burn care that emphasizes trained and capable personnel, adequate facilities and ongoing self-assessment.

The criteria used in the ABA's verification process address specific aspects of organizational structure, personnel qualifications, facilities resources and medical care services.