Burn Treatment

Hours of Operation

  • 24 hours a day and 7 days a week including weekends and holidays

Clinic Location

  • One Perkins Square, 3rd floor Akron, OH 44302

Where to Park

  • If coming by GPS, type in 300 Locust St Akron, OH.  Park in blue and white parking garage 
  • 3rd floor if coming to outpatient burn center
  • 5th floor if coming to Akron Pediatric Surgical Assoc

To Make an Appointment

  • Appointments are preferred  Monday – Friday 8am-3:30pm
  • Call (330) 543-4050 for outpatient burn center appointments 
  • For urgent care after clinic hours, please call (330) 543-8224

Outpatient Burn Center

  • Treatment of 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree burns that do not require hospital admission
  • Treatment of sunburns and frostbite
  • Pressure wounds in patients <18 years old by physician approval 
  • Care of burn patients of all ages from infants to elderly

Inpatient Burn Center

  • Treatment of burns that required hospital admission
  • Burn scar management
  • Burn contracture release
  • Skin grafts
  • Wound vacs
  • Flap rotations
  • Daily hydrotherapy 
  • Nutrition management 
  • Physical and Occupation Therapy
  • Social Services

What are Burns?

  • A burn is damage to your body’s skin and /or tissues caused by liquids, chemicals, heat, radiation, electricity or sunlight. 

Degrees of Burns

  • First Degree Burns (Superficial)
    • Superficial injury to the skin’s epidermis (the outer layer of skin). 
    • Reddened appearance to the skin associated 
    • Mildly painful with minimal swelling 
    • No blistering
    • Will often heal in less than 7 days
    • Sunburns are often superficial
  • Second Degree Burns (Partial Thickness)
    • Damage of the epidermis and dermis of skin (outer layer and portion of inner layer)
    • Blistering present 
    • Wound beds are pink or red in color
    • Wound beds will be moist and often swollen
    • Very painful
    • Healing time of 7-21 days
  • Third Degree Burns (Full Thickness)
    • Damage of the entire skin thickness including blood vessels and nerves
    • May affect muscle and bone
    • Wound beds are white, yellow, brown or black in color
    • Wound beds may have a leathery appearance
    • Decreased pin prick sensation in burn distribution
    • Often require skin grafting to heal
  • Signs and Symptoms of Burn Infection
    • New onset fevers
    • Spreading redness around the burns
    • Increased pain
    • Purulent malodorous drainage
    • Streaking 
    • Increased swelling around the burns

Burn Wound Care

  • Recommend you take your pain medication 30 minutes prior to your daily dressing change. Daily cleanse your burn with soap and water. We recommend using baby shampoo or dial liquid antibacterial soap. Getting your dressings wet in the shower can prevent the dressings from sticking to you during dressing removal. Make sure to wash off all old ointment before applying new ointment to the burns. Make sure to use a different washcloth or towel to wash your burn than the rest of your body. If you have multiple burn locations, use a different wash cloth to clean each burn location.

Burn Wound Care Do Not's

  • Do not apply ice to your burns
  • Do not apply butter to your burns
  • If you sustain sunburns, shower off the salt or chlorine. Not taking a shower or bath will only worsen the injury

Healed Burn Wound Care

  • Avoid direct sunlight to healed burns for one year after burn injury. Apply sunscreen with SPF 50 to healed burns every hour you are outside in the sun. Recommend you wear clothing that covers your burns when outside.
  • Lotion recommended for healed burns. Use unscented lotions.

Burn Nutrition

  • Protein is very important to aid the healing process. Increase your daily intake of foods that contain protein including cheese, chicken, red meats and dairy
  • Important to keep well hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids including drinks such as Gatorade and PowerAde as these are high in electrolytes