Tissue expansion in burn reconstruction: what can the child and family expect?
Lisa Charles Research nurse, Birmingham Children’s Hospital Burn Centre
Jane Leaver Senior lecturer, Birmingham City University
Attendance at a pre-reconstruction clinic improved patient education, reduced complications and improved the experience of children and their families. Lisa Charles and Jane Leaver report on the findings of an audit
A child with a burn injury often has to go through reconstructive surgery after it has healed to improve function and cosmetic appearance.
Tissue expansion is one of the procedures commonly used in the reconstructive process. It requires commitment from the child and the family, because it involves several hospital visits, including at least two surgical episodes, in addition to a change in lifestyle during the process, and there are time and costs involved in travelling, including time off work and school. However, most families think that the final improvement achieved is worthwhile.
Multidisciplinary pre-reconstruction clinics offer information and individualised support on the clinical, practical and psychological aspects of the procedures.
The audit presented in this article found that attendance at the clinics can improve patient education, reduce complications and enhance the experience of the children and their families.
Nursing Children and Young People. 27, 4, 22-28. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.27.4.22.e575Correspondence
This article has been subject to open review and checked using antiplagiarism softwareConflict of interest
Received: 24 September 2014
Accepted: 23 December 2014