Burns imaging machine will improve recovery times for patients

Monday, 9 September 2013

Frenchay Hospital has received a donation of £52,000 from Dan’s Fund for Burns to purchase new burns technology to enable doctors to treat burns wounds more effectively.

The adult’s burns unit has bought a Laser Doppler imaging machine which assesses the blood flow of a burns injury to measure how deep the wound is - helping clinicians to monitor changes and potential healing times.

Trustees from Dan’s Fund for Burns, which was set up in 2002 in memory of Dan Miller, who died in the Bali bombings, will be at Frenchay Hospital to present the Laser Doppler machine to the burns team today (Monday September 9) .

Burns imaging machineUsing a combination of clinical examination and experience with this machine, the accuracy of judging the need, or not, for surgery is increased from around 60% to more than 90%.

Jonathon Pleat, consultant plastic surgeon at Frenchay Hospital, said: “We are so thankful to Dan’s Fund for Burns for this generous donation that has enabled us to buy the latest Laser Doppler imaging machine.

“This piece of equipment will make a big difference to the work of the adult burns team at Frenchay and help us to ensure that patients get the right treatment as quickly as possible to maximise their chances of a full recovery from a burns injury.”

Polly Brooks, chair and founder of Dan’s Fund for Burns, said: “The Trustees of Dan’s Fund For Burns were delighted to be able to grant this donation of a Laser Doppler to Frenchay Hospital. 

“We are only too aware of the need to minimise unnecessary surgery on Burns Patients at a time when their body is already in excruciating pain and under great stress.”