If your burn injury requires additional assessment by a burn specialist, a consultation will be made to the Burn and Frostbite Center at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado. The Burn and Frostbite Center has been the Rocky Mountain region’s premier burn care destination since 1976, and verified by the American Burn Association as a center of excellence since 1998.
For physicians: to refer a patient to us, please call our DocLine at 1-844-285-4555 at any time.
Electricity, chemicals, steam, very hot water, and fire can all cause serious burns. The care you receive for burns will depend on the type and severity of your injury.
Many burns can be treated in an outpatient setting. If a burn needs inpatient treatment, it should be done in a burn center. Very severe burns need treatment in a burn center.
Types of burns
You may be most familiar with the traditional burn classification of first, second, and third-degree burns.
- First-degree burns are usually mild. They affect only the outer layer of skin (epidermis). The skin is likely to be red, and there may be some pain and swelling. Most sunburns are first-degree burns.
- Second-degree burns injure the second layer (dermis) of skin. The skin will be intensely red and may develop blisters. These burns are often very painful.
- Third-degree burns involve all the layers of skin. Fat, nerves, muscles, and even bone may be burned. The skin may be charred black or appear very white. Pain is likely to be severe. If nerves are damaged, no pain may be felt at all.
When to go to the emergency department
For a second- or third-degree burn, burns all the way around an arm or leg, burns caused by electricity or chemicals, burns involving the eyes, mouth, or airway, or any burn that covers large parts of the body, go to the emergency department or call 911 right away.
Connect to the burn community
The Burn and Frostbite Center in metro Denver offers many resources to facilitate emotional healing post-burn injury, including Burn Support Group, Survivor Peer Support through the Phoenix Society SOAR Program, and Outreach and Prevention volunteer opportunities.
To connect to our burn community, contact our outreach coordinator at 720-848-6054.