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.

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Necrotizing skin infection treatment

Necrotizing skin infections are caused by many different types of bacteria. These infections begin at puncture wounds, lacerations, surgical incisions, or even on healthy skin.

The skin may look pale at first, but quickly becomes red or bronze in color, warm to the touch, and usually swells. Later, the skin turns violet and often develops large fluid-filled blisters.

Initially, the area is painful, but as the tissue death progresses, nerves are damaged and sensation is lost. Some types of bacteria produce gas bubbles which will accumulate underneath the skin and in the blisters, causing the skin to feel “crackly” when touched.

Treatment: This is a medical emergency that requires hospitalization and surgery by a highly qualified and experienced plastic surgeon. Surgical intervention may be necessary.


Necrotizing fasciitis

Necrotizing fasciitis (also called flesh-eating bacteria) is a rare infection in the deeper layers of the skin that spreads easily on the body. In the early stages, symptoms may not be apparent. However, if the bacteria is just beneath the top of the skin, redness and swelling will occur.

Skin color may turn violet, and blisters may form with subsequent death of skin and tissue. Patients with necrotizing fasciitis have a fever and appear very ill; the bacteria release a toxin that can lead to septic shock.

Treatment: This is a medical emergency that requires hospitalization and surgery by a highly qualified and experienced surgeon. Surgical intervention may be necessary.

Meet our physicians

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

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