Burn patients have received a profound injury to their body and self image. Emotional stress is normal and may be attributed to the shock and pain of the accident, the chaos and rush to the hospital, the unfamiliar surroundings and people, or the fears of scarring/disfigurement and facing an uncertain future.
The patient’s moods may vary greatly, even during the course of one day. The need for emotional support and encouragement is high. The patient’s family also experiences emotional stress for many of the same reasons. A psychiatrist is available to see the patient and will be a consultant if a referral is requested by the patient’s physician.
Remember, this is a stressful time for the patient. The patient’s depression and other reactions are, for the most part, very normal and expected.
Patient/Family Care Conferences
Once a week at a pre-scheduled time, a patient/family care conference is held for patients and/or families who have special needs or concerns. Family members are invited to attend. Please discuss this with your nurse or social worker.