SWUK Burns Network Research
Research and innovation within the South West Burn Care ODN is a priority with a depth and breadth of activity. Depth is indicated by the number of peer-reviewed journal articles, posters and national and international presentations. Breadth is indicated by diversity of topics studied; from prevention to rehabilitation, nutrition to psychology.
Quality is indicated by recognition and awards on a national stage: success in attaining competitive NIHR grants; the national Healing Foundation Children’s Centre for Burns Research, Bristol, is in its third year; and at recent British Burns Association meetings many prizes have been won by SWUK submissions.
The emphasis of the research is patient-centred.
The ‘BASAT’ questionnaire is being tested in several regional emergency departments providing a more sensitive signpost for children at risk of neglect or harm with the potential to protect vulnerable burn patients by increasing support to a family.
The Laser Centre in Salisbury is analysing benefits of using pulsed dye laser on hypertrophic scarring, common after burn injuries. There is emerging evidence that reducing the blood flow with this treatment acts to expedite scar maturation. Such projects have the potential to directly improve patient care.
Another theme is that of inclusiveness. All members of the multidisciplinary team undertake research; clinical research nurses, research fellows, medical students, basic scientists, trainee doctors, dieticians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, anaesthetists and nurses. This extends to collaborations within each of the burn services and with external Universities, charities and Biopharma. It is an exciting time to be a burns clinician within the South West.