Because of the nature of the injuries, many burns patients need long term care and support. The length of the recovery will depend on the extent of the injuries, the need for surgery and the body's own natural healing processes.
The video and DVD provides information on the physiotherapy that they may need, techniques for scar management and ways in which people can come to terms with scarring. The scars caused by burns can have a lasting psychological and emotional effect on the patient and their families and can leave patients anxious and worried about their appearance.
Jenny Collings, Chairman of B.U.G.S., said: "Unfortunately, many burns patients will need ongoing care and treatment even after they leave hospital, so it's important that they have an understanding of what that means and are aware of the support and help that we can offer them."
"The video was made following suggestions from patients and provides a visual aid that can be used in conjunction with the B.U.G.S. burns booklet 'I'm leaving hospital – what now?' and the one-to-one care provided by staff and B.U.G.S. volunteers as part of the patient's overall care."
Mrs Collings added: "The video has already generated interest in other hospitals around the country and in Australia as health professionals see the benefits of providing patient information in a number of different ways. Visual prompts enable patients to see exactly what level of ongoing care and treatment they may need and to ask the sort of questions that are relevant to their own position. Ultimately this gives them more confidence and makes them better prepared for discharge." Ends
Notes to Editors
B.U.G.S. is a charity which supports adults and children who have been burned. It also supports their families and carers.
The group was founded in May 2000 by staff trained in burn care and a former patient.
The group offers support, friendship, practical information and advice. It also helps to link into professional help and advice, therapy and treatment.
Help from B.U.G.S is offered to all current and former patients and their families, although burns patients do not have to have been treated at Salisbury District Hospital.
For further information please contact:
Jenny Collings, B.U.G.S. Chairman, Tel: 01722 327018.