Qatar’s only dedicated Burns Unit at Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Al Wakra Hospital, plans to introduce new services soon.
“These will specifically include fat grafting and laser therapy to treat patients with burn scars," said Parwaneh al-Shibani, assistant executive director of nursing at Al Wakra Hospital.
While the focus of the work is caring for those who have been burned, preventing burns from happening is also part of the service provided by the Unit, she explained.
The Burns Unit, has cared for over 6,400 patients at its outpatient clinics this year. As of November 2019, staff at the unit cared for more than 80 paediatric patients at the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.
Over 180 patients required surgical intervention, and more than 200 patients received reconstructive burn treatment at Al Wakra Hospital’s Plastic Surgery Division.
“Caring for patients who have been burned is complex as a burn injury can be one of the most severe forms of trauma. Patients with burn injuries often present with unique clinical, psychological, and social challenges,” said al-Shibani.
The official explained that caring for patients with burn injuries is so complex because, in addition to the serious nature of the injury and the patient’s discomfort, and recovery, can be challenged by psychological and social factors, such as fears around their employment being comprised, the loss of income, and uncertainty about the future. She said Al Wakra Hospital’s Burns Unit is unique as it provides patients with multi-disciplinary care.
“The complexity and rarity of burn injuries makes delivering burn care a specialised service. To achieve the best possible clinical outcome for patients with burn injuries, their care must be delivered by expert multi-disciplinary teams who are specialised in burn services,” said al-Shibani.
“The care, a patient needs depends upon the severity of the burn. More serious injuries will require treatment by a larger multi-disciplinary team. Patients treated at the Burns Unit at Al Wakra Hospital are supported around the clock by physicians from more than a dozen medical and surgical specialties, including neurosurgery, vascular surgery, and psychiatry, as well as nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietitians, psychologists, and social workers,” added al-Shibani.
The Burns Unit at Al Wakra Hospital was relocated from Rumailah Hospital in 2014 as part of HMC’s efforts to transform many of its key clinical services in response to managing the healthcare requirements of Qatar’s growing population. Situated across two floors, the Burns Unit has a dedicated operating room, inpatient rooms, an occupational therapy room, consulting rooms for outpatients, and reception and recovery spaces.