Launch of LIBRE website

Launch of LIBRE website

Click here to read more about LIBRE

Our collaborators at Boston University, headed by Dr. Lewis Kazis, have launched their website for LIBRE: Life Impact Burn Recovery Evaluation.

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Sparky the Fire Dog big hit at the Health Awareness and Injury Prevention Fair

Sparky the Fire Dog big hit at the Health Awareness and Injury Prevention Fair

Play games with Sparky at www.sparky.org

Over 20 exhibitors shared information and resources with the community about staying safe and reducing the risk of injuries.  

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WBUR Oral History Project

WBUR Oral History Project

Challenges and triumphs of caring for the marathon survivors

Spaulding Rehab Hospital Therapists DARA CASPARIAN AND SAMANTHA CONLEY share their stories.

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The Future of Hand and Face Transplants

The Future of Hand and Face Transplants

National and Boston doctors discuss the future of transplants

Click here to read the Boston Globe article discussing the future of hand and face transplants for patients throughout the world, featuring Dr. Pomahac and burn survivors Carmen Tarleton and Dallas Wiens.

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NY Times Health Article on Itch

NY Times Health Article on Itch

Itching: More than skin deep

Read the article "Itching: More than skin deep" from the NY Times to learn more about causes and treatments of itch. If you are a burn survivor with itch, click on our "RESEARCH" tab to learn more about our study…

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Hot Topic Series: Employment after Burn Injury

Hot Topic Series: Employment after Burn Injury

Resources to help individuals with burn injury return back to work following injury.

Featured Video and more at www.msktc.org

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News & Events

JUNE AND JULY ARE PEAK MONTHS FOR SUMMER GRILLING ACCIDENTS

ESPN Sportscenter anchor Hannah Storm and the NFPA team up to offer consumers home fire safety tips

WATCH HERE Courtesy of National Fire Protection Association

 

PM&R Grand Rounds at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

Athletes on the Job: The Benefits of Fitness for First Responders

 

 

Dr. Jennifer Luz presents at PM&R Grand Rounds at Spaulding on May 16, 2014

 

Research

Do you have pain or itching due to a burn injury?
 

If you are over the age of 18, you may be eligible to participate in this research study.
This study involves a method of non-invasive brain stimulation called Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), and is part of the Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System.
For more information, contact us at recruitment@neuromodulationlab.org or at 617-952-6155.

 

Model System Speaker Series - Video

Carmen Tarleton, burn survivor and face transplant recipient, speaks on overcoming adversity.

 

Connect with NIDRR

Connect with the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Resarch
The mission of the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)  is to bring a high quality of care and improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. As part of their mission, the Burn Injury Model System contributes to the Burn Data Coordination Center - established in 1994 - gathering data from several national sites on burn care and health outcomes.

 

BH-BIMS Team

The Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System (BH-BIMS) in Boston, MA has a diverse and active group of burn injury clinicians and researchers. Our goal is to provide the best possible care for patients with burn injury. BH-BIMS is a collaborative research effort between Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and Shriners Hospital for Children - Boston to improve care for burn survivors. For more information, please see our "About Us" page!

 

Current Research

BH-BIMS and UDS Outcomes Research Group Recent Publications

BH-BIMS Program Director Dr. Jeffrey C. Schneider, Director of Clinical Care Dr. Colleen M. Ryan and Research Assistant Katie Mathews published an editorial in the Journal of Burn Care and Research about burn rehabiltiation outcomes based on data from the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR)

Schneider JC, Mathews K, Ryan CM.
icon Burn rehabilitation outcomes: lessons learned from the uniform data system for medical rehabilitation.
J Burn Care Res. 2014 May-Jun;35(3):212-3. doi: 10.1097/BCR.0b013e318299d505.

BH-BIMS members as well as members from other national burn model systems have been working closely with collaborators from the Uniform Data System (UDS) to publish several important articles about outcomes for burn patients. Recent publications include:

Gerrard P, Goldstein R, DiVita MA, Niewczyk P, Ryan CM, Mix J, Kowalske K, Zafonte R, Schneider JC.
Validity and Reliability of the FIM instrument in the inpatient burn rehabilitation population.
Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2013 Aug;94(8):1521-1526.e4. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2013.02.019. Epub 2013 Mar 5

Purohit M, Goldstein R, Nadler D, Mathews K, Slocum C, Gerrard P, Niewczyk P, DiVita MA , Mix JM, Ryan CM, Zafonte R Kowalske K, Schneider JC.
Cognition in Patients with Burn Injury in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Population. 
Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2014 Feb 28. pii: S0003-9993(14)00131-2. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2014.01.029. [Epub ahead of print]

 

Dr. Colleen Ryan and Dr. Tompkins authors of top-cited papers in burn care and research

Authors Jason J. Nam, et. al. of “Citation Classics in the Burn Literature During the Past 55 Years”  identified the 100 most cited, peer-reviewed burn-related publications produced in the past 55 years in the Journal of Burn Care & Research. Ryans and Tompkins were both lead authors on manuscripts that made the list of the 100 most-cited articles in burn care, 1955–2011.

Dr Ryan’s publication, “Objective estimates of the probability of death from burn injuries” from the New England Journal of Medicine ranked 12th on the list with 215 citations, while Dr. Tompkins’ publication, “Significant reductions in mortality for children with burn injuries through the use of prompt eschar excision” from Annals of Surgery ranked 91st with 90 citations.

Read the complete article here: icon Citation Classics in the Burn Literature During the Past 55 Years

 

Connect with the MSKTC

The MSKTC has many resources available about the Burn Injury Model System, including helpful flyers and handouts about injury - and also the contact information for Model System sites nationwide.

View the MSKTC's newest slideshow, Social Interaction after Burn Injury   

Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System

PERSONAL PROFILE:  CASEY BELLOFATTO, BURN SURVIVOR

Casey Bellofatto suffered a nearly fatal motor vehicle accident in 2013, resulting in the bilateral amputation of her legs.  A year and a half later, after coming to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston for her treatment, she shares her thoughts with us.       READ MORE
 

Coming soon:  Consumer Factsheet on Exercise after Burn Injury