In 1996, UTMB Health’s Blocker Burn Center became the first burn center in the U.S. to be certified by both the American College of Surgeons and the American Burn Association, an accreditation it has maintained continuously since 1996.
In addition to having the highest survival rate of patients with major burn injury (greater than 80%) of all hospitals in the U.S., the center is also recognized for its excellence in trauma and tissue healing, with applications for many traumatic injuries and disease processes related to burn, radiation, chemical and inhalational injury.
The rigorous review program designed to verify a burn center's resources that are required for the provision of optimal care to burn patients from the time of injury through rehabilitation. Elements of this voluntary program include an application, pre-review questionnaire, an in-depth on-site review by members of the ABA Verification Committee, as well as senior members of the ABA.
It is an indicator to government, third-party payers, patients and their families, and accreditation organizations that the center provides high quality patient care and meets the demanding standards for organizational structure, personnel qualifications, facilities resources and medical care services set out in the ABA chapter on Guidelines for the Operation of Burn Centers in the ACS publication on Resources For Optimal Care Of The Injured Patient 2006.
UTMB Health’s Blocker Burn Center is nationally and internationally recognized for specialization in the treatment of thermal, chemical and radiation burns, as well as research related to burns, trauma, sepsis and tissue repair.