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Burn Intensive Care Unit

About Us

Nebraska Medicine - Burn Intensive Care Unit is part of the state’s only designated Comprehensive Trauma Center, serving all patients, from infants to the elderly.

Led by Burn Intensive Care Unit Medical Director Jessica Summers, MD, FACS, our burn care team comprises board-certified plastic surgeons, general surgeons, critical care nurses, physical therapists and nutritionists, and other medical professionals.

Specialists at Nebraska Medicine provide comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care for all patients with complex burns and wounds, as well as skin injuries and conditions such as frostbite, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and abrasions.

The unit remains the only burn facility in the area affiliated with an academic medical center, giving patients the added measure of confidence that they're getting the best care possible.

In addition, it is the only unit in the state with a 24/7 emergency inpatient hyperbaric oxygen chamber.

The burn unit is located on the main campus and includes a seven-bed facility with intensive care unit capabilities. There is an adjacent outpatient treatment clinic for minor burn care and long-term follow-up care.

Conditions

Nebraska Medicine's burn unit can treat a variety of traumatic injuries, including:

  • All types of burns and other types of trauma
  • Degloving
  • Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis Syndrome, often called TENS
  • Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
  • Mangled extremities

Treatments & Tests

How to Treat a Burn

Burns require fast medical attention. However, there are some steps you can take to help until medical attention is available. The following steps show what to do when you or someone you care for is burned.

Drop and Roll

Drop and roll to extinguish clothing fire. (For scalds, immediately remove hot, wet clothing.)

Cool the Burn

Cool the burned areas immediately with cool water. Doing this has three benefits:

  1. It reduces skin temperature and stops the burning process
  2. It numbs the pain
  3. It prevents or reduces swelling

Remove burned clothing

Do not apply ice

Lay the person flat. Remove non-sticking clothing. Loosen or remove tight clothing, jewelry or boots before swelling occurs.

Cover the Burn

After cooling the burn with water, apply a clean dry dressing to the burned area. Cover the person to keep him or her warm.

Get Medical Help

Get the person to a hospital. Do not underestimate the seriousness of the burn!

Don't Use Ointments

Do not use ointments, sprays, first aid creams or butter.

Source: The Burn Foundation

For a brief overview of how to treat these specific types of burns see the links below:

  • Chemical Burns
  • Heat or Thermal Burns
  • Electrical Burns
  • Contact Us

    Jessica Summers, MD is the Burn Intensive Care Unit Medical Director

    Bryan Bader, APRN

    Judy Placek, APRN

    Please call the Burn Intensive Care Unit right away at 800.955.2876 if you have a patient who needs:

    1. Inpatient care
    2. Treatment at our outpatient clinic

    If you need to refer a patient to Trauma Service, call 402.559.6637. Normally we can treat even non-emergencies the same day.

    Directions

    Nebraska Medicine - Burn Intensive Care Unit at Clarkson Tower
    4200 Dewey Ave.
    9th Floor, Clarkson Tower
    Omaha, NE 68198

    Directions: From Interstate 80 via 42nd Street Exit, drive north on 42nd Street to Dewey Avenue, and then turn left. Clarkson Tower will be right in front of you. Just turn right into the orange parking lot.

    Enter the building and then proceed to the hallway straight ahead past the information booth. Enter the D Elevators and go up to the ninth floor. The receptionist at the desk will let the staff know you are here for your appointment.

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    Events

    Burn unit staff are passionate about educating the public about burn care. Team members often speak at events about burn care, fireworks safety and other issues related to dealing with and recovering from burns. Call 800.922.0000 to inquire as to our availability to speak at your group’s next event.

    We will be speaking at:

    • Women’s Health Fair
    • Kids Safety Day in the LaVista area
    • Pediatrics conference
    • Midwest Burn Conference

    Awards & Accreditations

    Our nurses are trained to care for all stages of a burn patient's care, from intensive care to rehabilitation. Their training includes:

    • Advanced Burn Life Support trained
    • Intensive-care unit, so patients are kept in the burn unit the entire time they have care here, from acute after the incident occurs, to rehabilitation to get back on their feet
    • Critical Care Certified Nurses (CCRN)

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