Burn Center verification provides a true mark of distinction for a burn center and is an indicator to government, third-party payers, patients and their families, and accreditation organizations that the center provides high quality patient care to burn patients from time of injury through rehabilitation.
The American Burn Association (ABA) in conjunction with the American College of Surgeons (ACS) offers a program to verify that a burn center is meeting the highest current standards of care for the burn-injured patient. Caring for severely injured burned patients requires specialty training, a cohesive, comprehensive multidisciplinary team and dedicated resources to provide the highest level of care and best outcomes for the patient. The ABA verification program entails a rigorous review process designed to examine all burn center resources to ensure the provision of optimal care from the time of injury through rehabilitation to re-integration back into the community. To achieve verification, a burn center must meet standards for organizational structure, injury prevention and education, qualifications and training of personnel, facilities and resources. Current criteria that burn centers must meet to qualify for verification are listed on the ABA website.
The comprehensive review process involves completion of a Pre-Review Questionnaire that addresses fulfillment of the verification criteria, an on-site data collection visit by two surveyors who are experienced burn surgeons and a post visit review of the application and data by the ABA Verification Review Committee.
Undergoing this robust review process and achieving verification indicates to patients, government and third-party payers that an institution provides high quality care throughout the spectrum of recovery from a burn injury. Verification review is done every three years.