To ensure all patients with major burns receive high-quality care, we have been evaluating our capacity to provide burn care at University of Virginia Health System. The number of major burn patients cared for at UVA has been steadily declining. Based on that change, together with the high level of dedicated resources required to deliver the best care, we believe it is in the best interests of our patients to regionalize major burn care in central and western Virginia by collaborating with the Burn Center at VCU Health System.
Here are the criteria we will use to decide where patients with burns are treated:
* Patients will be taken directly to VCU via air medical transport if they have more than 15 percent second- and third-degree burns or have an inhalation injury that requires intubation.
* If direct air medical transport to VCU for patients with major burns is not possible due to weather or distance, UVA will provide all necessary care at our trauma center to stabilize the patient. We will then transfer the patient from UVA to VCU.
* Patients with a combination of traumatic injuries and burns will be evaluated at UVA, and UVA's care team will determine whether to transfer the patient following the evaluation.
Patients not covered by these criteria will be stabilized and evaluated at UVA. If they require burn center care, we will transfer them to VCU after stabilization. Burn patients in Charlottesville and Albemarle County will still come directly to UVA for evaluation and stabilization.
As we begin this transition, we want to thank all the team members who have helped care for burn patients at UVA. Their efforts and dedication have helped save countless lives.
We look forward to continuing to work with our colleagues across UVA Health System to provide the best care for our patients. Please contact me if you have any questions about these changes.