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Acute Burn Care
A burn injury can be devastating. However, patients treated in a specialty burn care center often have better outcomes. The premise and promise of the burn center has been to never turn away a patient in need of specialized burn care.
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Frostbite
The specialty of burn care is not relegated to chemical, electrical, flame and scald injuries. At Burn and Reconstructive Centers of Idaho, our team of board-certified surgeons and plastic/reconstruction specialists are also trained in the most advanced treatment and management of cold injuries, which can help prevent amputation.
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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (“HBO Therapy”) allows more oxygen to pass throughout your body to promote healing, fight infection and kill bacteria.
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Outpatient Clinic
We provide coordinated care with a team of skilled and experienced professionals that includes surgeons, certified wound specialists, nurses, physical & occupational therapists, nutrition counselors and social services coordinators.
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Reconstructive Surgery
Our custom treatment plans improve the aesthetics, form and function of our burn patients. We incorporate the use of skin substitutes, grafting, tissue expansion, laser therapy, flap reconstruction and microsurgery to help rehabilitate burned victims.
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Skin & Soft Tissue Disorders
Consultation and management of skin and soft tissue disorders, from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Necrotizing Fasciitis to wounds such as diabetic ulcers and cellulitis.
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For appointments, please call:

Mon-Fri | 7:30am-5:30pm
208-529-7986

After hours & weekends
855-863-9595

Consultation and management of skin and soft tissue disorders, from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Necrotizing Fasciitis to wounds such as diabetic ulcers and cellulitis.
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  • Inpatient and outpatient care
  • Trained Surgeons who are dedicated to provide care for Burn and Wound Injury Patients
  • 15 beds dedicated for burn patients
  • Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center (EIRMC) is the largest medical facility in southeast Idaho, western Wyoming and southern Montana. EIRMC is a Level II Trauma Center and Level I ICU, Primary Stroke Center, Level III NICU, and has the region’s only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

TOLL FREE NUMBER FOR QUESTIONS(855) 863-9595

For appointments, please call (208) 529-7986 between the hours of 7:30am-5:30pm, Monday-Friday. After hours and on the weekends, please call (855) 863-9595.

Visiting Hours, General: Visiting hours are open, except during nurse shift change from 7am-8:30am and from 7pm-8:30pm. This allows our staff to focus completely on communicating information to the next shift of clinicians.
For Visitor Information CLICK HERE

Parking: Parking is available free of charge at the front of the hospital.

NICHOLAS JOHNSON, M.D.
BRCI | IDAHO FALLS, ID
MICHAEL LEMON, D.O., FACS
MEDICAL DIRECTOR - BRCI | IDAHO FALLS, ID
TAIT OLAVESON, D.O.
BRCI | IDAHO FALLS, ID
TONY QUINTON, D.P.M., FACFAS, CWSP
SEIDPS | IDAHO FALLS, ID
JAMES SUMMERS, D.O.
BRCI | IDAHO FALLS, ID
NICHOLAS JOHNSON, M.D.
BRCI | IDAHO FALLS, ID

Degree

  • M.D., SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, ST. LOUIS, MO, 2006-2010
  • B.A., UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, SALT LAKE CITY, UT, 2001-2006

Internship

  • GENERAL SURGERY, MOUNT SINAI HOSPITAL, CHICAGO, IL, 2010-2011

Residency

  • GENERAL SURGERY, MOUNT SINAI HOSPITAL, CHICAGO, IL, 2011-2016

FEllowship

  • PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY, INDIANA UNIVERSITY, INDIANAPOLIS, IN, 2016-2019
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MICHAEL LEMON, D.O., FACS
MEDICAL DIRECTOR - BRCI | IDAHO FALLS, ID

Degree

  • D.O., Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, Glendale, AZ, 2004-2008
  • B.S., Biology, Utah State University, Logan, UT, 2000-2004

Residency

  • General Surgery & Breast Surgery, University of Kansas, School of Medicine, Wichita, KS, 2009-2013

Board Certification

  • American Board of Surgery

CLINICAL INTERESTS

  • Comprehensive General Surgery
  • Trauma Surgery (Trauma Medical Director at EIRMC)
  • Breast Cancer
  • Burn Surgery
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TAIT OLAVESON, D.O.
BRCI | IDAHO FALLS, ID

Degree

  • D.O., Oklahoma State College of Osteopathic Medicine, Glendale, AZ, 2003-2007
  • B.S., Biology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, 1998-2002

Residency

  • General Surgery, Oklahoma State Medical Center, Tulsa, OK, 2008-2012

CLINICAL INTERESTS

  • ACUTE BURN CARE
  • BURN RECONSTRUCTION SURGERY
  • RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY
  • SKIN AND SOFT TISSUE INFECTIONS
  • WOUND CARE
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TONY QUINTON, D.P.M., FACFAS, CWSP
SEIDPS | IDAHO FALLS, ID

DEGREE

  • D.P.M., California College of Podiatric Medicine, Oakland. CA, 1994-1998

RESIDENCY

  • Podiatric Surgery, VA Medical Center S.F./Kaiser Foundation, Wichita, KS, 1998-1999

BOARD CERTIFICATION

  • Fellow, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
  • American Board of Wound Management

CLINICAL INTERESTS

  • Podiatry
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Sports Medicine
  • Wound care
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JAMES SUMMERS, D.O.
BRCI | IDAHO FALLS, ID

Degree

  • D.O., Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, Glendale, AZ, 2007-2011
  • B.S., Zoology, Weber State University, Ogden, UT, 2004-2007

Residency

  • General Surgery, University of Kansas, School of Medicine, Wichita, KS, 2012-2016

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS

  • American Board of Surgery – General Surgery

CLINICAL INTERESTS

  • BREAST SURGERY
  • COMPREHENSIVE GENERAL SURGERY
  • HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY
  • SKIN AND SOFT TISSUE INFECTIONS
  • WOUND CARE
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National Burn Statistics
How Are Burns Classified?

CLASSIFY BURN IN TERMS OF DEGREES:

First Degree (also called Superficial Partial Thickness)

  • These burns only include the outer layer for skin (the dermis), and are marked by red, pink or dark pink skin. The burns are usually painful, but there are no blisters and will heal in a week or so.

Second Degree (also called Partial Thickness)

  • These burns progress deeper into the dermis and may includes large blisters and may have a wet appearance. These burns will take 14-21 days to heal.

Third Degree (also called Full Thickness)

  • These burns may have a charred appearance, be leathery or white in color and feel dry to the touch. Often, the burned areas will lose sensation and include the entire depth of skin. Healing will likely require skin grafts and rarely more intensive methods.

Fourth Degree (also called Full Thickness)

  • These burns progress down to muscles, tendons and bones. Often, skin grafts, intensive surgeries and even amputations may be required for healing.
What Should You Do Right After a Burn?
  • Remove ALL clothing and jewelry.
  • Run cool water over the burn for several minutes.
    • Do not place any home remedies including butter, ointments or ice on burned areas.
    • Do not use cotton balls or wool to clean a burn.
    • Do not burst any blisters.
  • Cover the burn with a clean bandage or clean cloth.
  • Call 911 if the burn is:
    • deep (large broken blisters)
    • involves the face, genitalia or a large body surface area (such as the entire chest, an arm, a leg or more)
  • For pain, take ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
Treating Third and Fourth Degree Burns
  • Both almost always require skin grafting and/or some type of surgery. In many cases, fourth degree burns will also require some level of amputation to ensure the best possible outcome.
  • These burns usually take at least four to six weeks to heal, depending on the size of the burn it may be longer.
  • They also require expertise in excisions that is only available in a burn center. Both rehabilitation and long-term scar management modalities should be part of the care plan.
  • Light fireworks one at a time in a designated area, away from dry grass, homes and children.
  • Fireworks should never be fired indoors.
  • Designate someone as the safety person, someone as the “shooter” and someone to be in charge of keeping children clear of the “shooting” area.
  • Make sure the “shooter” is not wearing loose clothing that could ignite, and follows all directions on the fireworks label. If the device does not have a warning and/or instructions label, do not fire it.
  • Never stand over an item that does not fire.
  • Never throw fireworks. A malfunctioning fuse could cause the item to go off in your hand.
  • Get a flashlight to light the area so the “shooter” can see what he or she is doing.
  • Ensure a fire extinguisher, hose or bucket of water is nearby just in case there is an accident.
  • Keep pets and animals away as they may be frightened by the noise.
Tips to stay safe from lightning:
  • If you are close enough to the storm to hear thunder, you are close enough to get struck by lightning.
  • Safe shelters include homes, large buildings, or hard-topped vehicles. Never use tall trees as a shelter or stay in open water if you hear thunder.
  • If you are indoors, avoid using water, electronic equipment and corded telephones. Stay away from windows and doors.
  • If no shelter is available, do not lie down on the ground. Instead, crouch as low and tight as you can.
What if someone is struck by lightning?
  • Call 911.
  • Check their vital signs immediately.
  • Start CPR, if needed.
Avoiding Burns
GENERAL TIPS
  • Remember: Space heaters need space. Keep them at least 36 inches away from items that can catch fire.
  • Have a working fire extinguisher close by.
  • Check your extension and power cords, and replace any that are damaged.
  • Don’t connect more than two extension cords together.
  • Never run an extension cord under a rug.
  • Make sure electrical outlets are not overloaded.
  • Test the Temp: Your hot water heater thermostat should be set no higher than 120oF.
BATHROOM SAFETY
  • The skin of children – as well as the elderly – is thinner than a regular adult’s. It takes much less time for them to sustain a significant burn injury.
  • For example, if a child is placed in water that measures 120 degrees, a potentially severe burn can occur in just seconds.
FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS
  • People should be aware of the dangers of flammable liquids, including gasoline and kerosene. Not only is the liquid dangerous, but the fumes can cause burns and explosions.
  • Always store flammable liquids in a clean, well-ventilated area.
FROSTBITE TIPS

Temporary or permanent tissue damage caused by prolonged exposure to temperatures less than 23° F.

Contributing Factors:

  • Extreme Cold
  • Inadequate Clothing
  • Wet Clothing
  • Wind Chill
  • Tight Clothing
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Diabetes

Classification of Frostbite Injury (Similar to Burn Injury):

  • First-degree: Superficial without blister formation
  • Second-degree: Light colored blisters with subsequent peeling
  • Third-degree: Dark blisters that evolve into thick, black scabs
  • Fourth-degree: Involves bone, tendon and/or muscle

Ways to Avoid Frostbite:

  • Plan and communicate. Check the weather. Let people know where you are going to be and the route you plan to take.
  • Do not stay outdoors too long in extremely cold weather, especially if it is windy.
  • Dress in loose layers of warm clothes, preferably windproof and waterproof. If you do get wet, change out of the wet clothes as soon as you can.
  • Make sure any clothing, gloves, socks or other items are designed to wick moisture away from the body.
  • Make sure any hat or headband covers your ears.
  • Consider the use of foot and hand warmers.
  • If you become cold, try to drink warm, sweet beverages.
  • Do not drink alcohol before or while outdoors in extremely cold air.
  • If you get lost, don’t stop moving. The exercise helps keep you warm and the blood flowing throughout your body.
GRILLING TIPS
  • Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your house, bushes or other flammable materials.
  • Never, ever use a match to check for leaks.
  • Find leaks by spraying soapy water on gas line connections. If you see water bubbles, there is a leak.
  • Never use gasoline as a starter fluid for charcoal grills.
  • Dispose of hot coals properly: Soak with water, and then stir to make sure the fire is out.
  • Always shut off propane tank valve when not in use.
  • Never try to light a gas grill with the lid closed.
  • Always wear short sleeves and/or tight-fitting clothing while grilling.
KITCHEN SAFETY
  • Make your kitchen a “kid free zone” to keep kids away from the stove, oven and other appliances. Scalds are the most common types of burns for children.
  • Never leave the kitchen when you are cooking something.
  • Keep pot handles turned over the stovetop.
  • Turn off appliances as soon as cooking is done.
  • Before you eat it, give food cooked in a microwave extra time to cool.
  • Do not heat a baby bottle in the microwave.
  • Make sure a child cannot turn the knobs on the cooking appliances.
  • Never cook or eat hot foods or drink hot liquids while holding a child.
  • Store candy, cookies and other tasty treats away from the stove so children can’t get burned while trying to get them.
  • Never leave the oven door open. A child can trip and fall onto the hot surface.
  • Do not use the oven as a heat source.
SUN BURN
  • Symptoms: Skin is red, tender, warm, possibly swollen and/or blistering.
  • “Sun poisoning” may also occur. Symptoms may include: fever, chills, nausea, or a rash.

Sunburn Treatment:

  • Apply cool compresses.
  • Moisturize with alcohol-free lotions.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • DO NOT apply oil or butter.
  • DO NOT use harsh soap scrubs.
SUN SAFETY

Staying Safe in the Sun

  • Sunburns are caused by UV rays, not the heat of the sun. That means severe burns can occur even on cloudy days.
  • Apply at least 35 SPF sunscreen 30 minutes before going out in the sun.
  • Reapply sunscreen at least every 30 minutes, especially if you are sweating a lot or spending time in the water.
  • When applying sunscreen plus another substance like bug repellent, apply sunscreen first, wait 30 minutes, then apply the other substance.
  • Wear wide brim hats.
  • Avoid tanning for long periods, particularly between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Keep babies less than one year old out of direct sunlight.
  • Do not apply sunscreen to babies less than 6 months old.

Not just the UV Rays

  • Be mindful of hot surfaces in cars (windows, hood, seats, dashboard).
  • Hot sand or asphalt can severely burn the skin on the bottom of the feet while walking.

 

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Accepted Insurances

We accept many insurances at Burn and Reconstructive Centers of Idaho, PLLC. If you are unsure if your insurance provider will be accepted, please call 855-863-9595 and ask for Insurance Enrollment.

How Do I Make An Appointment?

For appointments, please call (208) 529-7986 between the hours of 7:30am-5:30pm, Monday-Friday. After hours and on the weekends, please call (855) 863-9595.

Where Can I Stay Near the Burn Center?

There are numerous hotels nearby, including some that provide shuttle service to and from the hospital. View Nearby Hotels

Are there any burn survivors I or my family can talk to?

One of the best resources is the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, which is a national organization focused on helping burn survivors and their family members “get back to living.”

Where can I get a list of burn resources to help me or my family member in burn recovery?

Please speak with your nurse and they will connect you with a Case Manager for additional resources. View Resources

Can I Donate My Skin to Help Burn Patients?

At this time, there are no skin banks or medical facilities in America who accept skin from live donors.

How Long Is a Patient Usually in the Burn Center?

It varies. The length of stay depends on the percentage of body burned, depth of burn (2nd or 3rd degree) and other medical complications involved (such as diabetes, heart disease, etc.). Typically, patients who experience a burn to a larger portion of their body can expect to stay in the hospital 1-day per percentage of Total Body Surface Area covered by the burn. You may hear Total Body Surface Area referred to as TBSA.

Will There Be Scarring?

Most second-degree burns heal with minimal scarring and pigmentation does return. All third-degree burns must be grafted with the individual’s own skin. Therefore, a scar is likely.

What can a family do to prepare for the patient’s return home?

Discharge planning begins at admission with early identification of discharge needs. A case manager and social worker prepare the family for discharge.

My loved one does not have medical insurance, what can I do to help them?

Trained professional, financial counselors are available at the hospital to assist with possible funding programs.

Do I have to wait for my loved one to make a Social Security disability application?

No, you can call (800) 772-1213 to initiate the application process.

How can I donate blood for my loved one?

Contact the American Red Cross at redcrossblood.org or 800-GIVE-LIFE to find out how and where you can give blood.

Where can I find Parking and Visitor Information?

Parking is available free of charge at the front of the hospital.

BEFORE YOUR OPERATION
  • Make sure that you do not have anything to eat or drink at least 6 hours before coming to the clinic to be seen for your burn or wound. This includes water, hard candy, mints, ice chips, or chewing gum.
  • Do go over your medications with the staff at the clinic.
  • Please make sure that you have a responsible adult with you that can stay with you and drive you home. The drugs and or anesthesia you receive will make it unsafe for you to drive a car. If you are using a cab or public transportation you must have a responsible adult with you.
AFTER YOUR OPERATION
  • After your surgery, you will be given an instruction sheet at the time of discharge. This sheet will provide information regarding your burn or wound care, and signs and symptoms to watch for after you are discharged.
  • When you are discharged, there will be a dressing that contains a slow release antibiotic. This dressing needs to stay dry and intact until you return to the clinic. Do not remove the dressing.
  • You may experience some drainage from your burn or wound site.. The color may be a darker brown, reddish brown or yellowish brown. This is normal.
  • If needed, you can reinforce the dressing with clean dry gauze and tape. Remember: You can’t take any of the dressings away, but you can add to them.
  • If the burn or wound is on your arm or leg, keep it elevated or propped up to reduce the swelling.
  • Make sure you make your follow-up appointment.
WHEN TO CALL YOUR PHYSICIAN
  • If the burn or wound starts to bleed.
  • Signs of Infection:
    • You develop increased pain, redness, swelling, pus, greenish discharge, or a bad odor in the burned area.
    • Temperature over 101 °F (38 °C).
    • You see no signs of improvement in 6 days.

 

The American Burn Association is dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by burn injury. Its members dedicate their efforts and resources to promoting and supporting burn-related research, education, care, rehabilitation, and prevention.
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Angel Flight West is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization that arranges free, non-emergency air travel for children and adults with serious medical conditions and other compelling needs.
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Visit our Facebook page for stories on burn survivors, updates on events in your area and seasonal safety and burn prevention tips.
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The International Association of Burn Camps (IABC) provides a network for the mutual benefit of local and regional organizations that serve the burn community. IABC seeks to support the physical, social, and psychological needs of burn survivors and their families.
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A community dedicated to assisting burn survivors, their loved ones, health professionals, and firefighters. The Phoenix Society’s promise is simple but powerful: "You are not alone. You can get back to living." The society helps in providing caring people to share the journey and resources to make it easier.
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UBelong is a unique four-day experience for young burn survivors, their siblings and parents, or children of burn survivors offered within Phoenix World Burn Congress, run by a collaborative team of experts from around the country.
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BRCA FOUNDATION

The BRCA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving patient care, supporting patients and families after they have been discharged from one of our centers, and facilitating education about burn, wound and hand care throughout various medical communities.

Mission Statement
The healing and helping of patients goes far beyond the walls of our burn centers. The BRCA Foundation is committed to helping patients and their families, while continuously working to improve care throughout the world.

Our foundation was founded on three guiding principles:

  • Patient Support
  • Education & Scholarship
  • Community Outreach

To learn more about us or find out how you can help support our mission, please email: [email protected]

All donations to Burn Foundation of America Foundation are tax deductible.

BRCA Foundation
P.O. Box 3726
Augusta, Georgia 30914