Burn Prevention Services
The Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Center at Wishard offers a comprehensive burn prevention program that addresses at-risk age groups.
The burn team distributes a variety of interactive educational information at community health fairs. Burn prevention literature is given to children to take home and discuss with their parents, and children are encouraged to think of escape routes from their home in case of a fire. Smoke houses also are provided by area fire departments to give children a realistic experience of being involved in a house fire.
The burn center also provides speakers to talk about burn prevention for area elementary schools. Stop, drop and roll steps are discussed along with the need for working smoke detectors and escape plans, as well as other burn prevention topics.
In addition to addressing children, speakers also discuss burn prevention with the senior population. This service can be provided to nursing homes, senior citizen centers and retirement facilities. Nurses address the unique needs of the senior community and their increased risk for burns.
For more information on burn prevention, please call the Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Prevention Hotline at 1.866.339.BURN or Natalie Fitzgerald, clinical educator for the Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Center at Wishard Hospital at 317.630.2458.