Burn Center

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Level I Trauma Center

UW Health burn care staffThe University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Burn Center has a tradition of providing expert burn care for all ages.


Established in 1974, the UW Burn Center is now a comprehensive burn care facility, providing care from the time of injury through discharge rehabilitation.


The American College of Surgeons (ACS) verified UW Hospital's burn service as a Burn Center, making it the only hospital in Wisconsin to carry all three of these distinguished designations - an ACS-verified Burn Center as well as a Level I Trauma Center for both pediatric and adult patients.


At our Burn Center, a team of doctors, nurses, physical occupational therapists, health psychologists and others coordinate care to ensure physical and psychological recovery.


Adult patients and pediatric patients admitted to the Burn Center include those suffering from: 

  • Thermal, chemical and electrical burns
  • Frostbite and hypothermia
  • Dermatological conditions including Stevens-Johnson syndrome and patients who need transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
  • Soft tissue conditions such as necrotizing fasciitis, purpura fulminans and degloving injuries
  • Conditions that require reconstructive surgery


  • Comprehensive burn care
  • Access to a comprehensive team including occupational therapists, physical therapists, dieticians, pharmacists, social workers, health psychologists, respiratory therapists, phlebotomists, radiology specialists and psychiatrists

What does Burn Center Verification mean?


Attaining burn center verification is a 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.


Burn center verification by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) provides a true mark of distinction for a burn center. It is an indicator to government, third-party payors, patients and their families, and accreditation organizations that the center provides high-quality patient care and meets the demanding ACS standards.


These standards include organizational structure, personnel qualifications, facilities resources and medical care services set out in the American Burn Association chapter on Guidelines for the Operation of Burn Centers in the American College of Surgeons publication on Resources For Optimal Care of the Injured Patient 2006.