Severe burns from hash-oil explosions on the rise
In 2013, the Burn Unit saw a dramatic increase in the number of patients admitted due to injuries incurred while making homemade hash oil (a form of marijuana processed using butane). Since the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado in 2014, the trend appears to be accelerating still further, according to Camy Boyle, RN, Associate Nurse Manager in the Burn Unit.
Burn Center nurse wins national award
Burn/Trauma ICU clinical nurse Samantha Weimer was named a National Magnet Nurse of the Year at the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC)
National Magnet Conference in Orlando in October 2013. Weimer was one of just five nurses in the nation to earn the honor. Read more in UCHealth Insider.
CU Burn Center focuses on total care of patients
From the Denver Post: "AURORA, Colo. — Don Keller remembers a bright flash of yellow, a searing flame that seemed to swallow him whole in the space of a few seconds. It was an isolated moment in time, a tragic confluence of events and circumstances that would end in indescribable stretches of pain and irreparable physical scars. In the time it took for a water heater to malfunction and explode, the course of Keller's life changed forever." Read more on the Denver Post website.
Burn Center receives fifth consecutive ABA verification
For the fifth consecutive time, the University of Colorado Hospital Burn Center has received verification from the American Burn Association. This verification covers a three-year period ending in November 2014.
In order to achieve verification, a burn center must meet the ABA's rigorous standards in multiple areas including personnel qualifications, organizational structure, and quality of services. The verification process lasts several months and involves an on-site review by the verification committee. Congratulations to the entire Burn Center team for exceeding the ABA benchmarks once again.
Golf tourney raises $25,000 for UCH Burn Fund
The Annual UCH Burn Golf Tournament was held on June 17, 2013, at Arrowhead Golf Club in Littleton. The tournament attracted 104 players and raised $25,000 for the Burn Fund, which helps patients and families with the expenses of basic necessities.
After a full breakfast, players began play at 7:30. There were more than 20 survivors in attendance that travelled on golf carts around the course, thanking players. They also stayed for lunch to socialize. Among the players were Burn Center staff, firefighters, and emergency medical service providers.