State’s Only Burn Unit Temporarily Stalls Adult Care

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark – The only burn unit in the state is currently not seeing adult patients. 

Recently, Arkansas Children’s Hospital made the decision to temporarily stop adult treatment. The reason is that they can’t find the proper anesthesiologist. 

“We have had some challenges with having adult anesthesia coverage,” Chanda Chacón, Arkansas Children’s System chief operating officer and executive vice president said. 

Chacón says they made this decision on July 30th to only treat patients 21-years-old and younger.  In the meantime, they are trying to find someone to fill the position so they can give the best level of care.

“We feel at this time, as we’re working through the recruitment of additional adult anesthesiologists, that we use our trauma system to help have our patients go to a great location for care at this time,” Chacón said. 

Chacón says adult burn patients will go to Memphis or a hospital in Missouri.

“We want to make sure we’ve being very cautious in providing a safest and highest quality care in our burn unit,” Chacón said. 

That is, until they can hire the right anesthesiologist. As soon as they can fill the position, they will open up the adult burn unit again. 

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