Burn care center in Bradenton, Florida

If you sustain a severe burn, receiving expert treatment is critical because burns require specialized care to heal. The Burn Care Center at Blake Medical Center is one of only six in the state of Florida. It offers full-service inpatient and outpatient burn care to patients throughout southwest Florida.

Burn care services

As part of the wound care offerings at Blake Medical Center, our hospital offers highly specialized burn care services. Burn care is available to all patients who enter the Blake Medical Center emergency room (ER) or are transferred to our hospital from another facility. The burn specialists at our hospital provide comprehensive care, from initial evaluation to reconstructive surgery, if you need it.

Outpatient burn care

Our hospital is home to two outpatient burn clinics: Blake Burn and Wound Reconstruction, located inside the hospital, and The Hand and Plastic Clinic, located in the Medical Arts Building. Both clinics are open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm The outpatient clinics are for patients with burns that do not require an inpatient hospital stay or for patients in need of follow-up care after a hospital stay.

The burn care physicians in the outpatient clinics care for acute and chronic wounds and disorders of the soft tissues.

Burn support group

The Burn Support Group meets the third Monday of every month, from 5:00pm to 6:00pm in the Dolphin/Pelican Room at Blake Medical Center. This group is dedicated to reaching out and being a resource for burn survivors and their family members, friends and caregivers. Meetings provide a place for sharing experiences, asking and answering questions and coming together to support one another.

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Understanding burn care terminology

Sometimes hearing all of the unfamiliar medical terms associated with receiving treatment for a severe burn can add to your anxiety during an already stressful situation. To help ease that anxiety, we have defined some common burn treatment terms below.

  • First degree burn—A mild burn that feels hot, hurts and reddens. It does not exhibit blistering or charring of tissue.
  • Second degree burn—A burn that produces painful blisters and some superficial destruction of the skin (dermis).
  • Third degree burn—A severe burn that destroys the epidermis, dermis and sometimes other tissue as well.
  • Skin graft—A piece of body tissue that is surgically removed from one place on the body and then transplanted or implanted on another place on the body to replace damages or defects.
  • Allograft—A biological dressing used as a covering for a burned area, also called a hemograft.
  • Collagen—A protein that exists in the extra spaces found in connective tissue that helps hold structures in the body together.
  • Debridement—The surgical removal of burned flesh from a wound.
  • Necrosis—The death of cells or tissues.
  • Pressure garments—Tight-fitting elastic garments worn to reduce scarring.