With three young children, Chrissy Anderson is always in motion. Last October she was doing double-duty, watching the kids and baking cookies. Twenty-one month old Kate was sitting on the kitchen counter.
“We were in the kitchen, getting ready for Halloween and making Halloween cookies together when she accidentally put her arm in boiling water,” says Chrissy.
From wrist to elbow plunged into boiling water. The damage was immediate.
“Flaking and blistering. There were pieces coming off and a lot of blistering,” says Chrissy.
They went to the emergency room where Kate was cleaned, bandaged and sent home. Her pediatrician referred her to Lee Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine for further treatment.
“Burns need at least several weeks of treatment and most physician’s offices are not set up to provide that,” says Dr. Robert Kupsaw, Medical Director of Lee Memorial Health System’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine.
Burns often fall into the wound category because they take so long to heal. It's important to keep them clean and clear of infection.
“We’re devoted to wounds, that’s all we do and we have all the equipment supplies and training to deal with a burn through the initial phase until the final healing,” says Dr. Kupsaw.
“I walked in and I looked around and I thought ‘wow, there aren’t any kids here’” says Chrissy.
So Kate was treated like an only child, seen every day for the first week.
“The most dangerous problem with burns is infection. So you need to keep the burns very clean, the dead skin needs to be removed on an ongoing basis. And antibiotic ointment needs to be used and the burn needs to be evaluated regularly,” says Dr. Kupsaw.
Under doctor’s supervision, Kate healed quickly with virtually no scarring.
“Dr. Kupsaw came in and said this is how we have to take care of it and she’s going to be okay. She is going to be okay,” says Chrissy.
Fast forward a few months and the painful experience is now a faint memory.