Burn Unit Equipment

Vivascope - an Australian first!

In 2009, together with our sponsors, Lions District 201, C2, we have enabled the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) to become the first in Australia to offer new technology which will revolutionise the treatment of burns patients.

The Vivascope provides incredibly precise images of a patient's cells. Director of the Burns Unit, Dr John Greenwood AM, said the Vivascope was an extraordinary leap forward in burn depth assessment. 'The VivaScope will lead to significantly faster diagnosis and treatment, which adds up to better outcomes for patients' Dr Greenwood said.

Pictured: Julian Burton, Lions members Ian Hill and Dr John Greenwood


A Gymnasium for The Alfred Burns Unit

In 2008 the Burns Trust and NAB partnered to raise funds to implement a new and exclusive gymnasium for the Helen McPherson-Smith Burns Unit at the Alfred Hospital.

Rehabilitation of movement is a vital part of recovery from burn injury, and patients have often had to use a shared gym with other hospital departments. This increases the chance of infection to the burn and may extend hospital stays. An exclusive use gymnasium will reduce infection risks, incorporate specialised equipment and decrease wait times to use machines.

The gymnasium will be installed as part of a burns unit redevelopment due in late 2008.

Virtual Relief Pain Machine

The University of South Australia have been developing a Virtual Relief Pain Machine (VRP) for children to reduce the pain and discomfort they feel during dressing changes for burn injury. Research has shown that this device reduces the pain felt by patients thereby making the process more bearable.

In 2008 a VRP was delivered to the Womens and Childrens Hospital, Adelaide, sponsored by the Lions District 201, C2.

Royal Adelaide Hospital Burns Unit Research Lab

In 2006, the Julian Burton Burns Trust funded the development of a specialised burns research equipment at the skin laboratory located in the Royal Adelaide Hospital. The Julian Burton Burns Trust looks forward to future funding of necessary equipment, advancing burns treatment and care.

Royal Darwin Hospital Equipment

The team at Royal Darwin Hospital see many trauma patients that come to Australia in a disaster (eg: Bali Bombings etc) and care for patients throughout Northern Territory.

In 2008, together with the Lions District 201 C2 (clubs from SA and NT), we are able to assist the Hospital by funding state of the art equipment including Podiatry Chair, a Skin Mesher for Skin Grafting and a Heart Monitor.

These items will make a significant difference to the burns patients at the Royal Darwin Hospital.


Royal Childrens Hospital Upgrade - Melbourne

Burns Trust and Trust Philanthropy partnered in 2007 to upgrade the Playroom, Breast Feeding Room and Parents Waiting area for Ward 4 Main (Burns Unit) at Royal Childrens Hospital.

We are please to announce that this project is now complete!

Pictured left is the Royal Children's Hospital's Fiona Ballantyne and Jane Wilcock with Burns Trust team Amy Bredon, Olivia Harvey and Bre Hill.

Womens and Children's Hospital Burns Beds

In 2006, the Burns Trust was able to fund the purchase of 2 specialised beds for the Womens and Children's Hospital Burns Service as a result of a grant from Clubs SA.

Burns Patients require particular beds that conduct airflow to avoid pressure sores and to allow airflow to the wound.

Thank you to Clubs SA for their support.

Patient Communications

In 2005, the Burns Trust purchased laptop computers and cordless phones for the Royal Adelaide Hospital Burns Unit.

Testimonials from patients...

"Having the laptop really took my mind away from the pain and made my hospital stay a lot easier."
David, April 05

"I have been so happy with the laptop and internet connection that has been available as it has helped me greatly and kept me occupied during times that could have become quite frustrating."
Charles, April 05

In an emergency call 000
Remove any clothing and jewellery from the affected area to allow effective cooling of the burn.
Cool the burn under cool running water for 20 minutes - this will stop the burning process and also help ease the pain.
Cover the burn with a clean lint free cloth or if it is a large area, cover loosely with cling wrap to lessen the chance of infection.
Seek medical advice if the burn is larger than a 20 cent piece or on the face, hands, feet or groin area.