Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Honors Burn Awareness Week Feb. 6-12

The Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open recognizes Burn Awareness Week by encouraging the Las Vegas community to participate in Shriners Hospitals for Children safe practice initiatives. The hospital is kicking off its 2011 campaign, Burn Awareness: Safety Begins at Home, by emphasizing the importance of observing basic precautions, especially for families with young children.

Ninety-five percent of scald burns, which are caused by hot liquids, steam or foods, occur in the home. Scalds are the most common burn injury among young children and the leading cause of accidental death in the home for children under age 4. U.S. hospitals treat an estimated 16,000 children under 5 for scalds every year. In addition, more than 60 percent of residential fires that cause the death of a child occur in homes without smoke detectors.

Shriners Hospitals for Children has been specializing in burn treatments for more than 40 years and has provided care to more than 50,000 patients with burn injuries. The range of treatments that the hospital provides includes surgeries, infection control, and procedures to lessen the effects of scarring. In addition, they provide aggressive rehabilitation techniques that ensure patients a smooth transition back to normal life.

The hospital is not only committed to providing each patient with complete and individualized treatment, but also offering educational materials to parents and families in order to decrease the number of preventable burn injuries. Printable documents can be found online to teach children safe practices.

Shriners Hospitals for Children provides cutting-edge medical care to its patients and helps thousands of children every year survive burn-related injuries. The Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open is dedicated to the Las Vegas community and ensuring residents are informed of the latest prevention techniques. Residents are encouraged to participate in Burn Awareness Week by gathering the latest information here.