JMS Burn & Reconstruction Center
Designated burn center
Our Burn Center Team
The team is led by the President of Joseph M. Still Burn Centers, Inc., Fred Mullins, MD, and the local Medical Director, William C. Lineaweaver, M.D., who has extensive experience in plastic and reconstructive procedures, as well as burn and wound care.
In addition to Dr. Lineaweaver, Tanya Oswald, MD, specializes in the treatment of burns and microsurgery at the JMS Burn & Reconstruction Center at CMMC.
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Burn injuries require emergency clinical care by a physician or other health care professional.
About JMS Burn & Reconstruction Center
No one ever plans to be burned. But if you or someone you love is ever involved in a fire, explosion or industrial accident, it's good to know that the JMS Burn & Reconstruction Center at CMMC is close by when every minute counts.
The JMS Burn & Reconstruction Center is the state’s only designated burn center. The burn center is designated by the MS State Dept. of Health and MS Trauma Care System. Our burn program cares for both adult and pediatric burn patients. Pediatric patients account for nearly one-third of total inpatient burn cases.
The center, which offers 13 Burn Intensive Care patient rooms, 20 Burn Step Down Unit patient rooms, as well as a 12-room outpatient clinic. We offer specialized, unique resources needed for treating burn patients. These include:
- Debridement room to remove dead tissue
- Hydrotherapy facilities
- Hyperbaric oxygen chamber
- Surgical suite for microvascular, acute burn and reconstructive surgeries
- Multidisciplinary team of physicians, surgeons, nurses, physical, occupational and respiratory therpaists, resource managers and dietitians, all trained to treat burn patients.
Patients of all ages are treated at the JMS Burn & Reconstruction Center for a variety of burns and wounds. In addition to having wounds dressed and treated, patients also receive ongoing support in our outpatient clinic in the forms of wound-specific education, nutritional counseling and follow-up care. Some of the burns and wounds treated at the clinic include:
- Chemical, electrical and inhalation burns
- Circulatory wounds
- Crush injuries
- Diabetic ulcers
- Infections of the extremities
- Nonhealing surgical wounds
- Pressure sores
- Thermal burns (from scalds, contact with hot surfaces and severe sunburn)
- Trauma wounds
Located on the fourth floor of CMMC, the clinic’s proximity to the burn center allows physicians from both specialties the ability to collaborate and offer medical and surgical services in one location while also improving resources, enhancing accessibility for patients and families and improving overall patient outcomes. About 5,500 patient visits are seen in the clinic annually.
Physician referrals are not needed to schedule an appointment at the clinic. Call 1-877-863-9595.
Designation & Reconstruction
The JMS Burn & Reconstruction Center is a designated burn center by the MS State Dept. of Health and MS Trauma Care System.
Designation is a voluntary process a burn center can request as a way of independently evaluating their level of excellence. The process involves burn surgeons around the country and trauma nurses from around MS actually visiting the hospital and interviewing and observing the entire burn team.
We are extremely proud of not only the care we provide to burn patients, but also to the role we play in the community working on burn prevention and educating first responders (fire and EMS) on how to properly treat burn victims before they arrive at CMMC.
Classes & Speakers
EMS, Fire and Rescue (Scene Treatment of Burn Victims)
JMS is committed to the care and treatment of all burn injury victims. The following guidelines have been developed so that you, as a scene responder, can properly triage and treat burn victims. You can request a laminated copy of Recommendations for Treatment of Burn Victims by calling 1-877-863-9595.
Schedule a Speaker For Your Team
JMS Burn & Reconstruction Center physicians and nurses are available to talk to your team about:
- Burn care and treatment
- Initial management of burns
- Burn prevention
If you have another topic in mind, let us know. To schedule a speaker, call (601) 376-1272 .
Burns: What To Do
Most burns occur at home or work, and the proper response is important both to helping the patient and ensuring proper treatment of the injury.
When a burn occurs, it is human instinct to attempt to treat the victim immediately. However, some first aid decisions can actually harm the victim and complicate the burn injury.
- Do not apply ointment, butter, ice, medications, fluffy cotton, adhesive bandages, cream or oil spray because these interfere with the healing process.
- Do not allow the burn to become contaminated; avoid coughing or breathing on the burn.
- Do not bother blistered and dead skin.
- Do not give the victim anything to eat if he/she has a severe burn.
- Do not immerse a severe burn in cold water or apply cold compresses; this can cause shock.
- Do not place a pillow under a victim's head if he/she has an airway burn because the airway could close.
First, stop the burning process by removing the source of the burn. However, do not endanger yourself. For example, do not try to grab a live electrical wire.
The next step is to remove any jewelry or clothing around the burned area. This will help prevent further damage if swelling occurs. If clothing is stuck to the burn site, do not peel it off. Instead, contact emergency services immediately.
For initial treatment of minor burns, run cool tap water over the burn for at least 20 minutes. For more severe burns, seek medical treatment immediately.
Call 9-1-1 for emergency assistance immediately if:
- The victim has a severe or extensive burn
- The victim has a chemical or electrical burn
- The victim shows signs of shock
- The victim has an airway burn
It is also important to be able to determine the severity of the burn. Burns usually fall into three categories:
First Degree Burns - Simple redness. No blistering. Healing takes around 5 days.
Second Degree Burns - Redness with blistering of the skin. May be accompanied by swelling. Often the most painful kind of burn. Do not pop the blisters. Seek medical treatment.
Third Degree Burns - Several layers of skin are actually burned away. Skin may have a charred appearance. Burn site usually does not blister due to damage to skin. This burn requires professional medical treatment.
If you do treat the burns at home, there are a few dos & don'ts to keep in mind
- Apply butter, grease, honey or powder
- Use cotton balls or wool to clean a burn
- Apply ice directly to the burn
- Cover the burn with a dry, sterile cloth
- Use ibuprofen for pain management
Please click on one of the resources below to learn more about burn care.
Facts About Burns
Most of us think we're safe from burn injuries. But the truth is, burns can happen to anyone at any time.
Scalding hot liquids, grease fires, car accidents, chemical explosions, house fires, frayed electrical cords and even severe sunburns can all cause serious scarring and life-threatening infections. Here are some additional facts about burns that might surprise you:
- More than 40 percent of all burn injuries occur at home.
- About 500,000 people receive treatment for burn injuries each year.
- There are 4,000 deaths each year from fire and burn injuries.
- About 40,000 people are hospitalized each year for burn injuries.
- Burns from ordinary tap water can occur at a temperature of only 111°. Water heated to 130° can cause severe burns in seconds.
Smoke Inhalation Is A Burn
How many times have you heard on the news "treated for smoke inhalation"? Did you know that smoke inhalation is a burn injury?
Just like flames, smoke and fire debris damage tissue. Your mouth, nose, throat and lungs can be damaged, and these injuries can be serious and even fatal.
Up to 20 percent of people in a fire experience smoke inhalation injury, and 60 to 70 percent of those patients do not survive.
Any time someone suffers a burn, inhalation injuries should be evaluated and treated. Especially at risk are those involved in fire, combustion or chemical burns in enclosed, poorly ventilated areas.
The JMS Burn & Reconstruction Center’s healthcare team has the expertise and experience to evaluate and treat all types of burns, including inhalation injuries.
Don't discount the possibility of a serious injury just because you can't see it.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Can skin from abdominoplasty surgery be donated to the Burn Center?
A. No. The donor skin used at the Burn Center is cadaver skin processed through a skin bank.
Q. What do you do about itching at time of discharge?
A. Use Benadryl. Keep the burn lubricated with lotion.
Q. When should a person seek treatment in a burn unit instead of a regular hospital?
A. Individuals as well as medical staff should use the American Burn Association guidelines for referral to patients to a burn unit.
Q. How long is a patient usually in the Burn Center?
A. It varies. The length of stay depends on the percentage of body burned, depth of burn (2nd or 3rd degree) and other medical complications involved (such as diabetes, heart disease, etc.).
Q. Will there be scarring?
A. Most second-degree burns heal with minimal scarring and pigmentation does return. All third degree burns must be grafted with the individuals own skin, therefore a scar is inevitable.
Q. What can a family do to prepare for the patients return home?
A. Discharge planning begins at admission with early identification of discharge needs. A case manager and social worker prepare the family for discharge.
Q. Where can I stay while my loved one is the Burn Center?
A. The Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation Chavis Retreat is available for family members at no cost. For more information about the SFBF, log onto theburncenter.org.
Q. How can I donate blood for my loved one?
A. In the Augusta to Jackson area, contact the MS Blood Services, the exclusive blood donation center for the Joseph M. Still Burn Center, at (601) 981-3232. If you are not in the Augusta to Jackson area, please contact your local blood bank.
Burns and wounds are not the only injuries healed at Joseph M. Still Burn Centers, Inc. Our team of plastic and reconstruction specialists offers cosmetic, emergency and elective surgeries, including breast enhancement or reconstruction, hand and extremity operations as well as other procedures.
Hand and upper extremity injuries account for one-third of all emergency room injuries and are the most common disabling work injuries. Meanwhile, burning and crushing injuries to the hand are one of the likeliest injuries for children under the age of six.
In recent years, JMS has assembled a team of hand specialists who can treat cases ranging from traumatic de-gloving injuries to simple sprains. They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for emergency cases or consultations. With 29 major and minor bones, 29 joints, 123 ligaments, 48 nerves and 35 muscles, the hand and lower arm are complex areas that requires a skilled assessment and treatment plan.
If you are experiencing pain in your upper-extremities, including wrist, hand, and fingers, contact our office to schedule an appointment today. They can offer a wealth of treatments beyond surgery, including medication, topical treatment, injections, or monitored therapy. Learn more about the specialties of the JMS Hand Team.