Englewood, CO, February 02, 2020 --(PR.com
)-- Swedish Medical Center's burn and reconstructive center is celebrating Burn Awareness Week February 2-8. This year’s theme from the American Burn Association is “Contact Burns - Hot Surfaces Damage Skin!”
“We treat burns from all sorts of places you wouldn’t expect to be dangerous, like pavement, playgrounds and many others,” said Dr. Benson Pulikkottil, medical director of the burn and reconstructive center.
In 2019, the American Academy of Professional Coders(TM) approximated that every minute someone in the United States endured a burn injury severe enough to require treatment. Dr. Pulikkottil said many of those injuries could be avoided with a little caution and preparation.
“They may not cause huge burns, but they can be severe,” Dr. Pulikkottil said.
Some of the safety tips include:
- When children are around, create a three-foot safe zone around any hot surface, whether it is a stove, fireplace or grill.
- When cooking, keep hot pots and pans toward the back of the stove and away from countertop edges.
- Before leaving the bathroom, make sure all curling irons, hair dryers or flat irons are unplugged. These can stay hot long after you have stopped using them or turned them off, so make sure that they are out of reach of children.
- Check playground equipment and pavement before letting children play: If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for them.
In addition, it’s important to regularly check your smoke detectors and develop and practice an escape plan for your family.
“Burns are painful injures, but remaining mindful of the danger is an easy way to reduce the risk,” Dr. Pulikkottil said.
Swedish Medical Center, part of HCA Healthcare’s HealthONE, is located in the south metro Denver area where it has been a proud member of the community for more than 110 years. An ac ute care hospital with 408 licensed beds, annually Swedish cares for more than 200,000 patients with a team of approximately 2,000 dedicated colleagues, 300 volunteers and 1,400 physicians. Swedish serves as the Rocky Mountain Region’s referral center for the most advanced stroke treatment, and was the state’s first Joint Commission certified Comprehensive Stroke Center. Swedish also serves as the region’s neurotrauma and orthopedic trauma provider and is the south metro Denver area’s only level I trauma facility with a dedicated burn and reconstructive center. More about the advanced technologies and treatments offered at Swedish Medical Center can be found at SwedishHospital.com.