At Shriners Hospitals for Children—Cincinnati, the health and safety of our patients, families, volunteers and staff is our top priority. With the rapidly evolving situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19,) we are closely monitoring local health departments and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC,) and are actively following their recommendations.

We are working diligently to reschedule appointments postponed during the quarantine. We also understand you may feel some anxiety about bringing your child into the hospital. Our plans to restart routine care have been thoughtfully developed and implemented to keep everyone safe. We are also scheduling some appointments for new patients. If you have any questions, please call the hospital at 855-206-2096.

Families that have appointments of any kind are asked to arrive with ONLY ONE parent or guardian and no additional family members or guests.

When you arrive for your appointment, if you and your child are not already wearing a mask, you will receive one. You will both be screened for illness and will notice new safety precautions in place to promote clean hands, a clean environment, and social distancing.

We are here for you, and look forward to seeing you soon.

Josie’s Story

Josie

JosieJosie is an active 7th grader who enjoys soccer, basketball and competitive swimming. She is also bright and inquisitive, so when cabin fever set in on the week’s second sub-zero “snow day,” Josie decided to see for herself whether hot water tossed in the air would freeze, as she and her friends had seen on social media.

Her first attempt, using hot water from a single-cup coffee maker, was unsuccessful. Undeterred, she boiled water in a saucepan and took it to the back yard.  She tried to swing the heavy pan out and in front of her, but the scalding water went straight up, coming down on her head and face.

Her mother Nikki correctly placed cool compresses on the burn area, but when pain persisted, she took Josie to the local pediatric hospital. There they recommended that Shriners Hospitals for Children—Cincinnati would be the best place for treatment.

Fortunately, Josie had only sustained 1st degree burns, which cause redness, pain and minor blistering, so she was treated and released that afternoon. Even small burns can become more serious if not treated properly.  Cincinnati Shriners Hospital, and its half-century of superior pediatric care, is the right destination for nearly any burn, no matter the severity.

Josie and her mother Nikki were happy to share their story, especially during Burn Awareness Week, to remind others of the dangers of scalding water.

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