Burn Center / Burn Injury Referral Criteria

Burn Injury Referral Criteria

Minor Burn Injuries:

  • Flush the burn area with cool water.
  • Don't apply ice. It can be too harsh for burned skin and cause tissue damage.
  • Folk remedies such as applying butter do not help the healing process and may increase the risk of infection if the burn is severe.
  • Call our Burn Clinic to make an appointment 615-936-BURN (2876).

Seek Medical Treatment in the Vanderbilt Burn Center when:

  • Partial Thickness burn  greater than 10% TBSA
  • Burns that involve face, hands, feet, genitalia, perineum, major joints
  • Full Thickness burn (of any size on any age patient)
  • Electrical burns (including lightning)
  • Chemical burns
  • Smoke inhalation
  • Burn injuries with patients who have pre-existing medical disorders that could complicate management
  • Any patient with burns and traumatic injuries
  • Pediatric burn patients in hospitals without qualified personnel or equipment for care of children
  • Burn injury in patients who will require social, emotional, or long term rehabilitation interventions.

To refer a patient to the Vanderbilt Burn Center call 615-875-4000.

**Excerpted from Guidelines for the Operation of Burn Centers (pp. 79-86), Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient 2006, Committee on Trauma, American College of Surgeons