MONTREAL, Oct. 7, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - It took just a second to change
young Émil Couillard's life. One minute, the three-and-a-half-year-old
was playing outside his home with his siblings and his parents; a split
second later, while running through the yard, he fell face down into a
small fire of burning branches and leaves. His hands, neck and parts
of his face were covered in severe burns. After being stabilized at a
local medical facility, Émil was transferred to the Montreal Children's
Hospital for highly-specialized care.
Each year, 200 infants, children or teens are treated for burns in the
Trauma Centre of the Montreal Children's Hospital (MCH). About 20 to 30
of these children are so severely injured they are admitted to
hospital. It can be an extremely difficult and scary time for the
child and family.
To help patients and families cope, the Trauma specialists at the
hospital have published a booklet called The Management of Burn Trauma in Children and Teens: A guide for parents
and families. "It explains the different severities of burns, the various treatment
phases and the healing process. It also provides advice on treating the
injury once the child has returned home with information about dressing
changes, scarring and medication. The booklet includes information on
the potential psychological impact including issues with body image.
The goal is to explain the entire care process in order to help
patients make as full a recovery as possible," says Debbie Friedman,
MCH Trauma Director. The booklet will be given to families who have
been admitted for burn care at the MCH and will be placed on the
hospital website (thechildren.com/trauma) so families across Quebec and around the world can benefit from the
information and advice.
"Having a child in the hospital with a burn injury can be a traumatic
experience. The booklet is designed to give patients and families
information on what to expect throughout the different phases of their
hospital stay, treatment and recovery," says lead author Diane Richard,
a nurse and Trauma Coordinator of the Burn Trauma Program of the MCH.
The booklet was made possible thanks to a generous donation from the
Quebec Firefighters Foundation for Major Burn Victims. "As a burn
victim myself, I know a severe burn can be one of the most traumatic
injuries a child can suffer not only physically but emotionally," says
Raymond Barabé, Secretary of the Quebec Firefighters Foundation for
Major Burn Victims. "Our Foundation is proud to support the work of
the trauma specialists at the Montreal Children's Hospital."
Ms. Friedman points out that most burns are preventable and taking some
simple steps like replacing batteries in fire detectors, using a travel
mug around the house for hot drinks and closely supervising children in
the kitchen can go a long way to preventing traumatic burn injuries.
She encourages people to find out more about burn injury prevention on
the hospital website, www.thechildren.com or the website for the Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal, www.ville.montreal.qc.ca.
The Montreal Children's Hospital is the pediatric teaching hospital of the McGill University Health
Centre (MUHC). The institution is a leader in the care and treatment of
sick infants, children, and adolescents from across Quebec. The
Montreal Children's Hospital provides a high level and broad scope of
health care services, and provides ultra-specialized care in many
fields including: cardiology and cardiac surgery; neurology and
neurosurgery, traumatology; genetic research; psychiatry and child
development and musculoskeletal conditions, including orthopedics and
rheumatology. Fully bilingual and multicultural, the institution
respectfully serves an increasingly diverse community in more than 50
SOURCE: The Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation
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