Our treatment team consists of several disciplines:
The primary and closest contact persons for burn victims and their relatives are usually specialized nursing professionals. They carry out dressing changes and monitor wellbeing of the patient. In our intensive care ward and bed division, patients need not get used to new faces on a daily basis, because we use the principal caregiver system. This means that a nursing professional is specifically responsible for a burn victim. This allows you and your family to develop with him/her a relationship based on trust.
The medical team includes plastic surgeons, intensive care physicians and anesthesiologists. All share the goal to provide optimal medical care to burn victims, to recognize critical situations in a timely manner, and proceed accordingly. We want to provide you with the best possible support for your recovery.
Psychology and Psychiatry
The processing of the accidental event and of its consequences, as well as the most expeditious return to everyday life are also part of our focus. Do not hesitate to avail yourself of psychological assistance for yourself or your relatives. Dialogue and discussion can help allay fears and mobilize energy for the healing and rehabilitation process. Our psychological support professionals are happy to provide you with further informational materials and self-help brochures.
Burn victims find themselves in extremely painful life circumstances. The offer of pastoral care is available for the affected and their family. Pastoral care provides immediate attention. The person is not alone, and experiences through this assistance – whether in conversation, in prayer, in silence – his incontrovertible dignity. Pastoral care at Zurich University Hospital is a service of the Evangelical Reformed and the Roman Catholic National Churches.
We provide assistance to burn victims and their family during the entire hospital stay. If the patient has personal obligations that cannot be met due to hospitalization, the social worker can help. While preparing for discharge, we inform patients about rehabilitation clinics, costs, and financing options. We assist you with insurance-related technical matters, such as Spitex coverage, or we help organize household assistance if needed.
Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy
At the very beginning of your hospital stay burn victims encounter our committed physical therapists. They will see to it that your joints are adequately mobilized, and provide respiratory assistance. They apply compression bandages and adapt splints, so as to maintain joints in a normal position and minimize scar formation. They also continue to provide support during ambulatory follow-up care.
After burn injuries, patients require increased nutritional intake for optimal wound healing. Most often, interim meals and/or liquid supplements rich in energy and protein are necessary. We provide support when it is difficult for the patient to eat, when there is lack of appetite, aversion to specific foods, or questions about nutrition.
Contact with former patients
If patients wish, we can organize meetings with former patients.
A self-help group is being developed in the Berner Oberland (Bernese Highlands). In West Switzerland, there has been for years an established self-help group for burn victims named "Flavie."