Today's post is dedicated to the medical, nursing & ancillary health professionals of The Alfred Hospital Burns Unit in Melbourne. The Victorian Adult Burns Service (VABS) at The Alfred hospital is the state-wide provider of burns care for all adults with complex major burn injuries in Victoria. They faced enormous challenges over the weekend admitting 20 critically injured patients from the Victorian Bushfire disaster. It would have stretched all their resources to the maximum & I'm in total awe & admiration of their professionalism.
When I was still nursing, I spent 9 months working in a major metropolitan Burns Unit as a Post-Graduate Intensive Care clinician. It was without doubt the most challenging & demanding work I have ever done. The patients are desperately ill, with multi-organ failure & all the ensuing complications that arise from a severe burn trauma.
In the coming months, please give a thought to the Alfred staff as they provide on-going care to these patients & their extended families. These patients have many, many months of recovery ahead of them. And as we are hearing, sadly some have lost loved ones, & in some instances some will need to face the awful reality of life ahead as the sole survivors of their family.