Burns

Burns represent one of the most severe forms of trauma, and persons who have suffered burn injuries require highly specialised and prompt medical intervention and care to ensure the best possible outcomes in terms of survival, recovery and future quality of life.

Burns represent one of the most severe forms of trauma, and persons who have suffered burn injuries require highly specialised and prompt medical intervention and care to ensure the best possible outcomes in terms of survival, recovery and future quality of life.

World-class burns facility

The state-of-the-art burns unit at Netcare Milpark Hospital is the only dedicated facility in the private sector in South Africa for the treatment of patients with burn injuries, and the hospital also has a level one trauma centre, accredited by the Trauma Society of South Africa. The burns unit was established in 2008, specifically to meet the intricate medical needs of patients with severe burns.

The unit has eight private isolation rooms, including intensive care beds, and a dedicated burns theatre within the ICU. The unit has been designed to prevent cross infection, and patients are isolated from their arrival to their discharge. Treating patients in isolation is vital in the fight against infection, which is a major risk in serious burns cases.

With a reputation for world-class care, the burns unit at Netcare Milpark Hospital has to date treated thousands of patients who are referred from across South Africa and the African continent. 

Holistic approach to care

As a result of the complex nature of severe burns injuries, patients face many and varied challenges, and most often require highly specialised acute medical treatment and rehabilitation for a prolonged period of time.

In following a holistic approach to the care of burns patients, treatment decisions for each individual patient are taken by a coordinated multi-disciplinary team at Netcare Milpark Hospital after careful consideration of all aspects relating to the patient’s care.

All aspects relating to a patient’s care are carefully considered in making treatment decisions.

Specialists in various medical disciplines are part of the multi-disciplinary team who work together in the treatment of patients, together with specialist nursing professionals who provide one-on-one care to patients, and trauma psychologists who provide support to the patients and their families.