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Atlanta Legal Nurse Consultant At "Electrical Injuries: The Shocking Truth"


Atlanta, Georgia – Liz Buddenhagen, registered nurse and certified legal nurse consultant attended the J.M. Still Burn Center symposium held at Chateau Elan on March 15, 2010.

The symposium agenda attracted emergency department healthcare providers from the southeast who refer victims to burn centers.

About the symposium:

The Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Georgia is one of the world’s leading treatment facilities for burn victims. It is the largest burn center in the United States and third largest in the world.

Dr. Fred Mullins, medical director of the burn services at J.M. Still, began the symposium with a history of the burn center which started in 1978 with one intensive care bed and has grown to 70 inpatient beds currently with 15 associated beds in Jackson, Mississippi.

Mullins explained that the center provides rapid referral and transport, both fixed and rotary wing. Thermal, electric and chemical burn victims, pediatric patients and patients suffering necrotizing fasciitis and Stevens Johnson Syndrome are typically referred to the burn center.

The J. M. Still Burn Center has better than national average survival, length of stay and infection rates and is experienced with disaster management. There is an emphasis on life long care of patients and their families at the Augusta facility.

Mullins discussed advances in skin closure and Tanya Simpson, RN, MS, assistant vice president of burn services, discussed the incidences and statistics related to burns and financial/emotional impact of burn injuries on victims, families and communities. It is noteworthy that the policy at their institution is to never refuse patients regardless of their personal circumstances.

Dr. Rapheal Lee of the University of Chicago spoke regarding the pathophysiology of electrical injuries. Lee holds credentials in plastic surgery, dematology, molecular medicine and biomechanics. He described the nitty-gritty of thermal and non-thermal burn injuries to tissues, nerves, muscles, and cell electrolyte channel damage.

Kim Linticum, ACNP, a nurse practitioner, discussed medical management of burn injuries including lung/airway issues, pain, cardiac, GI, renal, nutritional, immunity, sepsis, DVT and long term care.

Laura Miller, PhD from the University of Chicago lectured on nerve-muscle reinnervation: giving amputees improved control and function and comparing the results to the “bionic man”.

Andre Stuart, a forensic animator, demonstrated animations he created of a motor vehicle accident, toxic spill and public gathering fire. He is experienced in criminal and civil litigation with accident reconstruction.

Shelene Giles, MS, RN, CNLCP, of Fig Services, a nurse life care planner, specializes in creating life care plans for catastrophic burn survivors. Giles determines future cost of care and complications associated with burn survivors.

About Liz Buddenhagen:

Atlanta legal nurse consultant Liz Buddenhagen, RN, CLNC, owns Buddenhagen & Associates, providing assistance to Atlanta attorneys with their medically related cases. “We identify injuries, complications, medical issues and pain and suffering for attorneys.” For more information view website, email or call 770-725-2997.


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