Alexander Burn Center

When Rare Burns Strike

Recently, five children in Fresno, CA discovered limes and sunlight don’t mix well when they come into contact with your skin. The friends are now recovering from burns on their arms and legs after playing a game of smashing limes with rocks. Doctors determined they suffered a condition called phytophotodermatitis, a form of skin irritation that can occur when photosynthesizing chemicals found in citrus fruits react with ultraviolet light from the sun.

 

National Burn Awareness Week

The American Burn Association and Alexander Burn Center at Hillcrest Medical Center seek  to educate the public on one of the most preventable injuries and causes for death, burns. Every year, 4,000 people die, 25,000 are hospitalized and more than 600,000 are treated in hospital ERs for injuries resulting from fire and burns. This year, the American Burn Association is focusing on scald prevention during National Burn Awareness Week.

 

Thanksgiving Fire Safety

Did you know cooking fires are three times more likely to occur on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year? Amid the managed chaos of preparing a holiday meal, accidents are more likely to happen. Follow these tips to help prevent a cooking fire this Thanksgiving:

 

Making Unconditional Acceptance Possible, Burn Center Employees Volunteer at Burn Camp

Once a year two worlds come together to achieve the seemingly impossible.  On one side, a group of children step foot onto the grounds of Dry Gulch, USA and into the streets of the Old West.  On the other side, counselors leave their day jobs as firefighters, nurses and physical therapists to see anxious new faces and relieved familiar ones.

 

To the Volunteers at Hillcrest Medical Center: Thank you!

If you ask Mary Ann Parker, 70, why she has been escorting patients around the halls of Hillcrest Medical Center for the past 27 years, she’ll tell you it all started when she was sitting in her own wheelchair.  As a young patient, Mary Ann still remembers how she felt being led down hospital hallways.  With every Hillcrest patient Mary Ann transports, she knows her number one job is to ease their concerns.   “You feel like you are helping people in a situation they may not be comfortable in”, Mary Ann explains.  “I make sure