The ABA Verification Program strives for an objective, fair, consistent, evidence-based, timely, up-to-date, helpful, and efficient process. The purpose of burn center verification is to maintain burn center quality by promoting patient safety, cost containment, regional education and outreach, injury prevention, innovation and research, and advocacy.
The burn center verification process incorporates principles of quality assurance and continuous improvement. It is transparent, and respects confidentiality.
The ABA Verification Review Committee or VRC is responsible for verifying that a burn center meets the criteria established by the ABA to identify a burn center as Verified. The mission of the VRC is:
To promote delivery of optimal burn care through:
The goal of the committee is to promote improvement of burn care, within the context of an inclusive and integrated system. The VRC strives to continually make the process objective, fair, consistent, evidence-based, timely, up-to-date, helpful, and efficient.
This book outlines the resources needed for optimal trauma care. Experts use it as a guide to develop trauma centers in the United States. ACS site surveyors use this book to review trauma centers. The ABA uses the chapter on Guidelines for Trauma Centers Caring for Burn Patients as part of the verification process. The entire book is available from the American College of Surgeons.
A facility earns the title of “designated burn center” when it meets the requirements of government or other authorized entities. The ABA does not designate burn centers.
Both verified and non-verified burn centers can be found on the ABA website through the Burn Center Resource Directory Search.
The first step in the process to become a Verified Burn Center is to complete an application. Learn more about the process by reading Verification Step by Step.