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The Burns Unit was initiated in the year 1974, when the then Dean, Prof. H.D. Singh unfurled the importance of a separate burn unit proposed by the then Head of the Department of Plastic Surgery, Prof. K. Mathangi Ramakrishnan. The Government then sanctioned a 10 beded BURN UNIT attached to the Department of Plastic Surgery and was commissioned in June 1981 at the I floor of the Guruswamy Mudaliar Block. In the same year a proposal for upgrading the unit to a 50-beded unit was envisaged and the benign Government sanctioned the same and the same was commissioned in the First floor of the existing Out-Patient Block in March 1985, with increase in the posts of Staff Nurses and Assistant Professors.

Details of the existing staff in the burns intensive care unit.

Professors 2 (Two)
Assistant Professors 6 (Six)
Tutors 2 (Two)
Academic Activities
2 MCh Plastic Surgery Post Graduate students are trained every year
MCh Post graduates from Other centers are trained in Burn Care for 3 months during their curriculum
MS Post graduates are posted for training in Burn care and Plastic Surgery for a period of 1 month during their curriculum.
Nursing Students are trained in Burn Nursing for 1 month during their curriculum
BPT (Bachelor of Physiotherapy) students, both government and private institutions are trained in Burn Physiotherapy for 1 month during their internship.

Library : The Department has a largest collection of Text books and Journals in Plastic Surgery and Burns

The BURN UNIT is a comprehensive Unit with an Intensive Care Ward, A separate Male and Female Ward, A Post operative Ward, an Exclusive 3 table Operation theatre to work for One day in a week due to paucity of Theatre Staff and Hospital workers. A separate Physiotherapy center is a great boon to the department. Subsequently a Four bedded Paediatric Ward was added. We have started operating twice a week for the past 6 months.

During festivities like Deepavali, we create public awareness to reduce the incidence of burn injuries by conducting camps and through NGOs and Press.

The BURNS Unit is the,
One of Largest Units in South India
Tertiary Referral Centre for neighbouring States
Has International Recognition
Has trained 40 Super specialists in Burns and Plastic Surgery over the past 20 years
Several Publications have been made in National and International Journals.
Two Text Books have been written by Authors from the Department
Visitors from various Burn Centres all over the World have visited the Department
Services Offered in the Burn Unit
24 hour Care of the Burn Patients through out the year
Intensive Care Unit to resuscitate and revive the acutely burnt patients
Male, Female and Paediatric Burn Patients are looked after in separate wards
Self contained Operation Theatre exclusively for managing Burn Patients with 3 operation tables.
Separate Physiotherapy Unit to rehabilitate the patients
Patients with Post Burn Sequelae are followed up regularly with surgery and Splintage.
Burn Patients get all modalities of treatment all under one roof.

Statistics – 1981 - 2007

Year 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
No.of Patients 149 406 410 457 615 1067 1345 1558 1716 1868
Year 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
No.of Patients 1949 2093 2027 2053 2331 2275 2375 2597 2577 2371
Year 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
No.of Patients 2246 2273 2315 2281 2528 2689 2584 2866 2910  

Burns Patients Operated

Year 1997 1998 1999 2000
No. of Burns Patients Operated 245 244 269 284
Year 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
No. of Burns Patients Operated 266 267 197 163 244 258 312
To develop curricula for the training programme for the primary health care workers
To train the health workers in Burn Prevention Programme, to reduce the incidence of burns
To establish Rehabilitation and Occupational Therapy Unit to envisage training of the Health Workers in the Rehabilitation programme for burn survivors.
To train primary health care physicians, nurses and general practitioners in Burn Care, Rehabilitation and Preventive aspects.
Use of Audiovisual aids and mobile propaganda units to educate and train social service personnel and school Children in full-fledged preventive programmes.
To co-ordinate with the WHO with regard to the epidemiology and demography of Burns.
To establish satellite centers in each District Head Quarters to house small burn units with 5-10 beds for primary care. The centers will co-ordinate with the tertiary center for specialized treatment.
To envisage research facility with regard to Burn Care.
To have a Certificate Course in Burn Care and Rehabilitation of 6 months duration.

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