A house fire erupts in the night. Brooke Karper, just 14 months old, receives third-degree burns over 60 percent of her body; her lungs are seared. She spends 33 days on a special ventilator and undergoes 10 operations during 91 days in the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Burn Center. After nine more months of physical therapy, Brooke returns to a healthy, active childhood. Photograph Tom McInvaille
“ The burn unit is incredible. ... They taught us not to fear the burn but how to live our new lives with it.” – Brenda Gard, wife of burn survivor Paul Gard
A ladle of molten steel tips. Foundry worker Paul Gard flees but falls into the 2,400-degree spill, then runs again not realizing he’s on fire. The burns on his back, side, arms and legs involve half his body. In 99 days at the UW Burn Center, he undergoes seven operations (plus one more later), and, on his last day, the staff hosts a Packers party for the Vikings fan. He didn’t believe burn unit doctors who told him he would heal, but he has, and he’s back to work at a new, office job.
Restoring Lives University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Burn Unit
” We have come a long way in understanding how to improve survival after burn injury. We still need to explore ways to get burn survivors back to their lives again .” –Lee Faucher, MD, Burn Surgeon
Until 1980, those with a 30 percent burn had a 50 percent chance of survival. Today, those burned over 70 percent of their bodies have a 50 percent chance. At the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Burn Unit, we are dedicated—through education, research and care—to return burn survivors to the lives they knew before they were injured.
We need to do more
Education and research—in the lab and in the clinic—are cornerstones of better burn care. At the UW Burn Center scientists are dedicated to
• developing new skin substitutes and
• exploring how guided imagery and virtual
• studying how to manage burn survivors’
• learning everything they can about new
You can help
With a gift to the Burn Team Advancement Fund, you will
• invest in cutting-edge research to improve
• make it possible for burn team members
• add comforts, such as flat-screen monitors
• enhance the center’s ability to present
patient care, including ways to regenerate skin and develop skin substitutes; to attend advanced specialized training; • provide for the special needs of children
with child-friendly equipment and play areas; with disposable keyboards, for adult patients; and burn prevention programs in the community.
For more information about the center or gift opportunities, contact Marje Murray at email@example.com or 608-265-2922 or Nancy Francisco-Welke at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-263-5960. To make a gift online, visit www.uwhealth.org/burn-center.
polymers to treat injuries more rapidly and minimize scarring, reality can help burn survivors cope with pain and depression, seemingly insatiable thirst, and ways to help the injured.
< Michael Schurr, MD, Burn Surgeon, and UW-Madison researcher Lynn Allen-Hoffman, PhD, founder of Stratatech, inspect a sample of manufactured living skin that is being tested as a skin substitute to alleviate pain and promote healing for burn patients. Allen-Hoffman and Schurr continue to collaborate to test the safety of the skin substitute. Photograph Michael Lemberger