Frequently Asked Questions

Can skin from abdominoplasty surgery be donated to the Burn Center?

No. The donor skin used at the Burn Center is cadaver skin processed through a skin bank.

What do you do about itching at time of discharge?

Use Benadryl. Keep the burn lubricated with lotion.

When should a person seek treatment in a burn unit instead of a regular hospital?

Individuals as well as medical staff should use the American Burn Association guidelines for referral to patients to a burn unit. Learn more about burn care.

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.).

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 individuals own skin, therefore a scar is inevitable.

What can a family do to prepare for the patients return home?

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

Where can I stay while my loved one is the Burn Center?

The Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation Chavis Retreat is available for family members at no cost. For more information about the SFBF, log onto

How can I donate blood for my loved one?

In the Augusta area, contact the American Red Cross, the exclusive blood donation center for the Joseph M. Still Burn Center, at (706) 724-8481. If you are not in the Augusta area, please visit to find a location near you or visit your local blood bank.