Burns Support Vehicles
Our partnership with Holden Ltd continues to provide patient vehicle support for burns patients across South Australia attending outpatient clinics at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and for regional education by the Victorian Adult Burns Service located at the Alfred Hospital.
Out-patient treatment for burn survivors once they leave the hospital can continue for several years for psychological and psychosocial support, and for skin and scar management. For patients that don't have support within the community to assist with transportation, especially in the early stages of healing, this can be problematic and too much of a challenge to overcome on their own.
The Burns Patient Vehicle located at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in South Australia assists with mobility and transportation for burn survivors assisting them to attend these vital appointments.
In South Australia this year, the patient vehicle, driven by the wonderful Lavender Lads and Ladies volunteers at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (and without whom this service would not be possible) transported patients to hospital for vital treatment on 419 occasions, travelling 12,305kms!
The first few hours following injury can have a significant positive or equally negative impact on a patients recovery from burn injury. More than 50% of Victorian burn patients come from regional Victoria. Clincians working in regional areas therefore have an important role to play in positively affecting long term patient outcomes. The Burns Education Vehicle has been used to facilitate over 15 regional education sessions during this year, providing education to over 500 health care clinicians including General Practitioners, Emergency Department staff, paramedics and nurses.
Burns education is paramount to early burns management in rural and regional communities and is made possible by the generous loan of the Burns Education vehicle by Holden.