The North Carolina Burn Disaster Program is a cooperative effort that includes the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, and the East Carolina School of Medicine. The program is based upon the premise that historical catastrophic events have occurred and produced significant burn and blast injuries. With the likelihood of these events occurring in the future, there is a distinct necessity for better preparedness.
The Burn Surge Disaster Program is about identifying your assets and resources, and both quantifying and qualifying your needs. The gap between what you have and what you need is what we must work to address. Current burn beds are routinely running at capacity both within our state and across the nation. The key to success is driven by our need to be prepared through planning:deliberate actions to improve, develop resources and develop a sense of readiness based on the gap analysis.
According to the American Burn Association (ABA), there are approximately 1800 burn beds across the nation, and they generally operate at 95% capacity. There are 14 burn centers in the Southeast U.S., and of these 14, only 5 operate based upon and verified by the guidelines of the ABA. The North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Burn Center at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center operate as verified burn centers.
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NC Burn Disaster Program Leadership
Bruce A. Cairns, MD
Director, North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center
University of North Carolina-UNC Hospitals
Randy D. Kearns, DHA MSA CEM
State Burn Disaster Coordinator
School of Medicine, University of North Carolina
James H. Holmes IV, MD
Director, Wake Forest University Baptist Health Burn Center
Chairman, Southern Region, American Burn Association
Scott G. Sagraves, MD
Chief, Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care
Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University
The Program is supported by an ASPR grant representing the US Department of Health and Human Services, and administered by the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services.