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University of Iowa News Release

July 1, 2003

UI Hospitals And Clinics Joins Burn Research Effort

Researchers in the Burn Treatment Center at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics today joined the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and about 115 burn centers nationwide in an initiative aimed at collecting data about serious clothing-related burns to children under age 15.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission's new National Burn Center Reporting System is a cooperative effort of UI Hospitals and Clinics, the American Burn Association, Shriners Hospitals for Children and the National Association of State Fire Marshals.

Under the new system, burn centers nationwide that treat children will report to the commission any incidents in which a child's clothing is believed to play a part in a burn injury.

"We'll report any incidents that include the ignition, melting or smoldering of wearing apparel worn by children," said Lee Faucher, M.D., a physician in the UI Burn Treatment Center and UI assistant professor of surgery.

"One of our top priorities is to keep families safe from fires," said Hal Stratton, chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. "We want sound science and solid data to be the basis for decisions we make on regulatory strategies. The National Burn Center Reporting System will give us a more complete picture of the most serious clothing-related burns to children and help us prevent or reduce burn incidents in the future. We're grateful for the involvement of UI Hospitals and Clinics."

When a participating burn center reports an incident to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the commission assigns an investigator to the case to conduct an in-depth investigation into the circumstances surrounding the burn injury. The information will be logged into the commission's epidemiological databases.

"This tool will give safety experts much needed information that was previously not available to better document and understand the nature and cause of clothing-related burn injuries to children," Faucher said. "We share the Consumer Product Safety Commission's goal to keep families safe from fires."

The National Association of State Fire Marshals also is participating by retrieving and preserving for the commission children's clothing involved in burn injuries.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Planning, Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room 8798 JPP, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009.

CONTACT: Tom Moore, Writer, 319-356-3945, thomas-moore@uiowa.edu