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Back-to-School Program for Pediatric Patients
Easing the transition from treatment back to school is an important part of the discharge process for children who have suffered a burn injury.
To facilitate reintegration, West Penn Burn Center’s team developed the Back-to-School Program. Components of this program include providing information to teachers and students about a child’s hospitalization, the nature of burn injuries and scarring, and any special garments or equipment the child may wear or use when returning to school.
The goals of the program are as follows:
- To ease the transition into the classroom for the burned student and to alleviate any mutual awkwardness
- To provide school staff and classmates with basic information about burn care and treatments
- To offer a forum for the burned student’s classmates to ask questions and express concerns and fears
- To familiarize staff and classmates with any rehabilitative garments or equipment the burned student may need
- To teach burn prevention
The West Penn Burn Center team is available to answer questions about easing the back-to-school process for all students with burn injuries.
For more information about the Back-to-School Program, contact:
Rachelle Williams, Burn Outreach Coordinator
West Penn Burn Center
The Western Pennsylvania Hospital
4800 Friendship Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224