New laser technology to help WCH burns patients
On Thursday 15th September 2016, members of the Australian Professional Firefighters Foundation and the World Police and Fire Games Club joined TeamKids - Women's & Children's Hospital Foundation at the launch of the new 'Lumenis Ultra Pulse CO2 Laser' at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
The laser was purchased for the Burns Service thanks to funding by the Australian Professional Fire Fighters Foundation ($105,000) and the World Police and Fire Games Club ($45,000) and will allow burns patients at the WCH access to advanced laser technology for the treatment of burns scars.
The Laser will help reduce thick scars from severe burns and is expected to significantly reduce the rate of operations and contracture associated with burns scars.
Head of the Burns Service at the WCH, Bernard Carney, is excited that the WCH can offer children this therapy in a public hospital setting.
“Over the last five years, the WCH Burns Service has seen an increase in the number of major burns in very young children who will consequently require up to 17 years of ongoing medical treatment,” Mr Carney said.
“The laser will improve the appearance of burns scars for these children and lessen the hardening of affected skin tissue, helping to make healing a quicker and less painful experience.”
The Ultra Pulse Laser can penetrate scar tissue more deeply than other CO2 lasers, and can therefore treat scars that were previously thought to be untreatable by laser therapy.
It works by making microscopic holes in existing scar tissue and stimulating wound healing over and over again. This process eventually remodels the burns scar and makes it softer and more pliable.
“It is also hoped that with ongoing laser treatment, burns patients will experience improved mobility as well as enhanced cosmetic appearance,” Mr Carney said.
The Foundation is proud to have collaborated with the Australian Professional Firefighters Foundation and the World Police and Fire Games Club to support and recognise their incredible fundraising efforts.
Mr Bernard Carney, Head of Burns Unit WCH, explaining the amazing new advantages of the Ultra Pulse Laser
Members of the World Police and Fire Games Club & the Australian Professional Firefighters Foundation with the Ultra Pulse Laser
Sam Tolley with members of the Australian Professional Firefighters Foundation and the World Police and Fire Games Club
From left: Justin Casagrande of the World Police and Fire Games Club, Sam Tolley, CEO TeamKids - WCHF, Mr Bernard Carney, Head of Burns Unit WCH, Linda Quinn, Advanced Clinical Practice Consultant – Burns WCH, Greg Howard of the Australian Professional Firefighters Foundation and Phil Robinson, Executive Director, Corporate Services at the WCHN.
The new Lumenis Ultra Pulse CO2 Laser
The plaque proudly displaying on the Ultra Pulse Laser