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Prevention: Caregivers of Infants and Toddlers

Our caregivers of infants and toddlers prevention programs include the following:

Safety Lines Network

​Safety Lines is a quarterly newsletter covering topics specific to preschool ​​​children and their parents and caregivers. Safety Lines is distributed ​​​through a network of over 350 Early Care Centers, Pediatric facilities, Fire ​​​Departments, and other organizations. The target audience for Safety ​​​Lines is parents and caregivers of children ages birth through 5 years of ​​​age.

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Home Safe Home

Caring for infants and toddlers can be an extremely tiring and stressful yet ​​​rewarding experience.

​​These young children are at a much higher risk for injuries due to burns, ​​​particularly scalds. They have much thinner skin than the average adult, ​​​and they have little to no control over their own environment.

​​By following a few simple rules and procedures found in our Home Safe ​​​Home program, you can protect your child from these devastating ​​​​injuries.

Prevention: School Aged Children

Our school aged children prevention programs include the following:

Flick's Fire & Burn Safety Program (Grades 1-5)

Flick’s Fire and Burn Safety is a teacher-directed program designed for grades 1-5 in conjunction with Academic Standards. Topics within this program include:

  • Appropriate behavior to extinguish clothing fires.
  • Proper first aid for burns.
  • What constitutes an emergency and how to call 911.
  • How to prevent clothing fires.
  • Dangers of lighter and matches.
  • Recognizing fire hazards and Keeping your home fire safe.
  • Recognizing safe/unsafe behaviors

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The Great Escape (Grades 6-8)

The Great Escape is a teacher-directed program designed for grades 6-8 in conjunction with academic standards.  Topics within this program include:

  • Recognizing fire hazards and keeping your home fire safe
  • Understanding the need for having a home escape plan, understanding the necessary components of an escape plan.
  • Problem-solving when various escape routes are blocked.
  • Diagram a floor plan of the home and indicate two ways out of each room.
  • Learning how to “shelter” in a room if escape is impossible.
  • The dangers and consequences of youth fire misuse.
  • Public awareness of fire safety

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Intervention

Fire and Youth Intervention (“FYI”)

Burn Prevention Network’s “FYI” Program (Fire and Youth Intervention) is designed to educate children ages 5-17 about fire and its consequences, as well as to provide other necessary interventions for the youth and his/her family. The “FYI” Program is available for families in Lehigh, Northampton and Berks Counties in PA. The Burn Prevention Network partners with licensed Mental Health Professionals, trained educators, and many other community organizations in order to provide these families with the resources they need.

FAQs

Is it normal for children to play with lighters and matches?

While curiosity about fire is common, some children light fires for other reasons. A change or crisis such as a move, death or divorce, may result in fire misuse. This behavior can be the child’s way of acting out fear or anxiety. Some children set fires to get attention or to oppose authority. Other behaviors in addition to fire misuse may reflect more serious emotional problems and require the services of community mental health professionals. Proper intervention can help youth who misuse fire.


Is it a phase?

Youth fire misuse is extremely dangerous and should not be dismissed as a phase or simple curiosity. Do not ignore it! Left alone it may cause severe property damage or even loss of life. Early recognition and treatment of fire misuse can help prevent tragedies in the future.


My child lit a small fire, should I be concerned?

Every fire starts small. Fire moves fast and can get out of control very quickly. Any time a child starts a fire, he endangers himself and the people around him.

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Survivor Services

Surviving from a devastating burn requires more than just physical healing. Burn survivors, and their family members must also deal with the psychological, mental, and even spiritual impacts of this life-changing injury. There are also extraordinary costs passed along that, oftentimes, are not covered by insurances. The Burn Prevention Network works to fill as many of these gaps as possible.

We sponsor survivor family events where new social networks can be forged. We support attendance of the annual World Burn Congress. We maintain administrative oversight of Camp Susquehanna, a camp for children with burn injuries.  We also sponsor the annual Holiday Party for Burn Survivors. We assist with the Scar Research fund and are adding additional survivor programs as funding becomes available.

Scar Research Fund

Program Mission

The mission of the program is to advance the knowledge of how scars develop over time and determine what interventions will alter scar development to minimize the undesired effects of scar development and its associated pain.

The Impact of Scars

Scars can be caused by a traumatic skin injury significantly affect people’s lives.  Scars can be painful and itchy.  They can cause skin to tighten, lead to disfigurement, impact mobility and affect the body’s ability to maintain its temperature.  Major scarring can be a lifelong disability with mental, occupational, financial and social consequences.

Discovering Innovative Treatments

The Scar Physiology, Research and Treatment (SPiRiT) Fund, is a program service the nationally recognized Burn Prevention Network. It is currently supporting research to better understand how scars develop and to discover new treatments.

Meet Our Founders

Matt Ferdock, CEO, DataCeutics
Matt runs a national data analysis company focused on drug research.

Lori Ferdock, VMD
Lori is a veterinarian with over 20-years of experience practicing in the area.

At the age of seven Matt and Lori’s son, Vinny, suffered severe burns to half of his body in an accidental explosion. When he came home after 22 days in the Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Regional Burn Center, battling scar tissue from his burns became a way of life for him and his family. Medical research is expensive, and their hope is that with proper funding burn injury will no longer mean a life of pain and suffering. Therefore, they started the Scar Physiology, Research and Treatment (SPiRiT) Fund. Lori Ferdock stated, “I cannot tell you how much it means to our family and other burn survivors to find people who care enough to help.”


Dan Dillard, CEO, Burn Prevention Network

B. Daniel Dillard has served as the Executive Director/CEO of the Burn Prevention Network, a 501 c 3 corporation, for the past 33 years. Under his leadership, that organization delivers a diverse portfolio of fire safety, burn prevention and burn survivor support services to nearly 1-million beneficiaries annually. Several of these programs have been recognized nationally and nominated for Emmy Awards. Dan is a frequent speaker nationally, and has served as the Chairman of the American Burn Association (ABA) Burn Prevention Committee; the President of the Federation of Burn Foundations; and has led a number of multi-organization national initiatives funded by the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF). He has been honored by the ABA as the recipient of its annual Burn Prevention Award.


Research Principal Investigator
Sigrid Blome – Eberwein, MD

Sigrid Blome-Eberwein, M.D. VDPC. Burn/Plastic Surgeon Lehigh Valley Hospital Regional Burn Center is the project Principal Investigator and Strategist for program development.  After completion of a Burn fellowship at USC Los Angeles, California and a completed residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, she managed the Ludwigshafen Burn Unit in Germany for two years before joining the Lehigh Valley Hospital staff in the Burn unit in 2002. Throughout her entire career she has treated burn patients and received extensive training not only in the acute care of burns, but also in the reconstructive aspect of post-Burn care. She attends national and international meetings on burn care on a regular basis and has presented her research at those meetings. The “normalization of life post burn” has always been a major point of interest for her and she is hoping to be able to provide the patients with some desperately needed interventional modalities to improve their self-image as well as the burn community with some evidence based data on the subject through this project.

Research

Our SPiRiT Fund has supported the following research initiatives:

LIST OF PUBLICATIONS:

Blome-Eberwein, S. Lozano D.D, Amani H. Utility of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy with Instillation in a Burn Center. Burns Open 27 May 2018.

Blome-Eberwein S. Gogal, C. Weiss, M. Boorse, D. Pagella, P. Prospective Evaluation of Fractional CO2 Laser Treatment of Mature Burn Scars. Journal of Burn Care and Research, Col 37 #7, November/December 2016.

Blome-Eberwein S, Abboud M, Lozano DD, Sharma R, Eid S, Gogal C. Effect of Subcutaneous Epinephrine/Saline/Local Anestetic Vs Only Saline Injection on Split Thickness Skin Graft Donor Site Perfusion, Healing, and Pain. Journal of Burn Care and Research, December 2012.

Amani H, Lozano DD, Blome-Eberwein S. Brother, Have You Got a Light? Assessing The Need For Intubation in Patients Sustaining Burn Injury Secondary to Home Oxygen Therapy. Journal of Burn Care & Research, Vol 33 #6, November 2012.

Blome-Eberwein, Sigrid A. MD., Roarabaugh, Chad PA-C, Gogal, Christina B.S., Eid, Sherrine MPH. Exploration of Nonsurgical Scar Modification Options: Can the Irregular Surface of Matured Mesh Graft Scars Be Smoothed With Microdermablation? Journal of Burn Care & Research, Vol 33 #3, May/June 2012.

S. Blome-Eberwein, RM Johnson, SF Miller, DM Caruso, MH Jordan, S Milner, EE Tredget, KM Sittig and L Smith.  Hydrofiber Dressing with Silver for the Management of Split-Thickness Donor Sites:  A Randomized evaluation of Two Protocols of Care.  Burns.  36(5):665-672, August 2010.

Blome-Eberwein, Sigrid A. MD.  The Burn Spa:  A Scar Treatment Program.  Journal of Burn Care & Research, Vol 28 #6, Supplement 2, November/December 2007.

Teicher EJ, Blome-Eberwein S, Lozano DD, Howard PA.  Internal Thermal Injury:  A Case Report.  Inj Extra (2007), doi:10.1016/J.Injury.2007.11.012.

Amani, Hamed MD; Dougherty, William R. MD; Blome-Eberwein, Sigrid MD.  Use of Transcyte® and Dermabrasion to Treat Burns Reduces Length of Stay in Burns of All Size and Etiology.  Burns.  32(7):828-32, November 2006.

Blome-Eberwein, Sigrid A. MD.  Facial Burns.  Plastic Surgery Products, January 2006.

Caruso, Daniel M. MD; Foster, Kevin N. MD; Blome-Eberwein, Sigrid A. MD;  Twomey,  John A. MD; Herndon, David N. MD; Luterman, Arnold MD; Silverstein, Paul MD; Antimarino, Jeffrey R. MD; Bauer, Gregory J. MD.  Randomized Clinical Study of Hydrofiber Dressing with Silver or Silver Sulfadiazine in the Management of Partial-Thickness Burns.  Journal of Burn Care & Research. 27(3):298-309, May/June 2006.

Germann G, Blome-Eberwein S, Skin Grafts and Tissue Expanders in: Berger RA, Weiss AP-C (Edts.); Hand Surgery Volume II , Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 2004; 1119-1130.

 

How To Help

Donations to the SPIRIT Fund are used exclusively to fund and advance the research necessary to develop techniques that will allow health care providers to influence scar development in a way that allows more survivors to return to a happier and more productive life. For more information about the SPIRIT Fund or to donate, please click here or contact:

  • Dan Dillard, Fund Administrator
  • 610-969-3931
  • burnprev@fast.net