There is a critical shortfall in patient accommodation for burn and trauma survivors. The new Burn Fund Centre will solve this crisis.
Each year almost 700 children and adults from around B.C. are admitted to the Burn, Trauma and Plastics Units at Vancouver General Hospital and BC Children’s Hospital suffering serious trauma. Patients generally stay at least a month in the hospital (but it can be up to several months) during both acute and reconstructive phases of care.
During this time caregivers need affordable, close accommodation so that they can spend long hours at the hospital with their loved one and be able to reach them quickly if necessary.
Once a patient leaves the hospital, they often require complex outpatient care. As an outpatient they may need dressing changes at the clinic as often as once every three days for the first six months. About half of burn and trauma patients are transferred to G.F. Strong for rehabilitation. They may require outpatient care for up to two years.
When receiving out-patient care the patient and their caregiver need close affordable accommodation that is conducive to healing for somebody highly vulnerable to infections.
There is currently a critical shortfall in appropriate patient accommodation for burn and trauma survivors that may potentially have resulted in compromised health outcomes.
The new Burn Fund Centre will solve this crisis.