Posted on December 25, 2019

Qatar’s only dedicated Burns Unit, located at Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Al Wakra Hospital, has cared for more than 6,400 patients at its outpatient clinics so far this year.

As of November 2019, staff at the unit also cared for more than 80 paediatric patients who were treated in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, over 180 patients who required surgical intervention, and more than 200 patients who received reconstructive burn treatment at Al Wakra Hospital’s Plastic Surgery Division. “Caring for patients with burn injuries 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 Parwaneh al Shibani, assistant executive director of Nursing at Al Wakra Hospital.

Shibani said 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, 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 Shibani.

She added, “The care a patient needs depends on 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. We work together as a team to assess a patient’s injuries and develop the most appropriate course of care.”

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 over 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. Shibani said there are plans to introduce new services at the Unit in the coming months, specifically fat grafting and laser therapy to treat patients with burn scars.

She said while the focus of her work in caring for those who’ve been burned, preventing burns from happening in the first place is also part of the service provided by the Unit. “In addition to the burn care provided by our specialised team, we also work closely with government agencies, including the General Directorate of Civil Defence, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and Primary Health Care Corporation, as part of our programme to prevent burn injuries,” Shibani added.

source: Qatar Tribune