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.


First-, second-, and third-degree burn treatment

There are three degrees of burns and each degree requires a different level of care.

First-degree burns

A first-degree burn (superficial burn) extends only into the top of the skin (epidermis). Such burns never blister; they are painful and heal in three to four days without scarring. Burns initially appearing as first degree may blister within 12 hours, in which case they are not first-degree burns after all. They are very superficial second-degree burns and can be treated like a second-degree burn.

Sun Burn   Tanning Bed

Second-degree burns

Second-degree burns extend beneath the top layer of skin (epidermis) and into the second layer (dermis). Blisters form and the roof of the blister is dead skin (epidermis). Second-degree burns are divided into two depths:

Superficial partial thickness burns extend only through the first half of the dermis and generally heal in 10–14 days. Beneath the blister, these wounds are usually pink, moist, and painful and heal with minimal or no scarring or impairment.

Deep partial thickness burns may take up to 20 days to heal. These burns may cause a color (pigmentation) change in the skin or scarring. Scar management including pressure garments and massage may be need.

2nd Degree Burn - 10 Days   2nd Degree Burn - 7 Days

Third-degree burns

Third-degree (full thickness) burns extend all the way through the second layer of skin (dermis). These burns appear white, brown, cherry red, or black and may or may not have blisters. A third degree burn needs specialized treatment by a burn specialist. These burns may require surgery.

3rd Degree Burn 1   3rd Degree Burn 2   3rd Degree Burn 3

Meet our physicians

Elizabeth L. Dale, M.D.
Petra Warner, M.D., FACS
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