Northern California Burn Team Presents at 50th Annual Meeting of the American Burn Association


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Burn care leaders at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California are playing an active role in the 50th annual meeting of the American Burn Association (ABA) taking place this week (April 10 – 13, 2018) in Chicago.

At the invitation of ABA leadership, David Greenhalgh, M.D., chief of burns, and Tina Palmieri, M.D., assistant chief of burns, are giving plenary presentations at the annual gathering of professionals devoted to burn care, research, education and prevention.

Dr. Greenhalgh will discuss Silicon Therapy – Sheets and Creams at the April 12 plenary.  Dr. Palmieri will give a talk entitled Utilizing Your Burn Database to Develop QI Projects on April 13.

Dr. Greenhalgh and Dr. Palmieri are joined by fellow surgeons, nurses, therapists, child life specialists and other members of the Northern California burn team at the annual meeting in Chicago.  The team is presenting on nearly 20 different topics ranging from fluid resuscitation to inhalation injury.  Titles of talks include:

  • Web Search Data Provide Key Insights into Growing Problem of Butane Hash Oil Burns: Could E-Cigarettes Be to Blame? (S. Falwell)
  • Frailty Indicies, Prediction of Outcomes (K. Romanowski)
  • Firefighter Burn Injuries and the Role of the Burn Team (T. Palmieri)

Poster presentations include:

  • Improving Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infection (CLABSI) Rates in Pediatric Burn Patients with Central Lines Near Wounds (O. Arrendondo)
  • Early Mobility after Burn Injury: What do we really do? (I. Parry)
  • Aromatherapy Reduces Anxiety During Wound Care for Pediatric Burn Patients (A. Gallardo)
  • Growth Velocity in Pediatric Burn Patients 0 – 5 Years Old (S. Maas & D. Neal)
  • Clotted Central Lines and Tissue Plasminogen Activator (TPA) in Burned Children (O. Arrendondo)

The American Burn Association is dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by burn injury.

The ABA has more than 2,000 members in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Members include physicians, nurses, occupational and physical therapists, researchers, social workers, fire fighters, and hospitals with burn centers.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is devoted to transforming the lives of children through excellence in treatment, teaching and research.  Located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California is a regional pediatric medical center providing care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars from any cause and other complex surgical needs. There are no barriers to care as admission is based on age and diagnosis.   Care is provided regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For further information call (916) 453-2000 or go online to

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