Resources from the NIDILRR Community for People with Burn Injuries

A burn injury is tissue damage that results from heat, overexposure to the sun or other radiation, or chemical or electrical contact, which may be result in minor injuries or life-threatening emergencies. A person may have a burn injury when they encounter hot liquids or steam, flashes that result from an explosive blast, hot grease, or prolonged contact with something hot. People with burn injuries may experience complications such as bacterial infections, fluid loss, breathing problems if they experience inhalation injuries, scars or ridged areas caused by an overgrowth of scar tissue, bone and joint problems, or contractures. People with burn injuries may also experience secondary conditions such as heart rhythm disturbances, organ failure, pneumonia, seriously low blood pressure, chronic pain, delirium, sleep problems, and mental health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or psychological distress.

People with burn injuries have the right to live as independently as possible and to fully participate in their communities. However, they may face barriers such as physical, attitudinal, and programmatic barriers to employment, education, healthcare, housing, and recreation. NARIC’s information specialists are often asked for information and resources that may assist people with burn injuries live in and participate in their communities. Below, you will find just a few examples of evidence-based consumer products produced by the NIDILRR community for people with burn injuries, their families, and the service providers that support them:

NARIC’s Research In Focus series features reader-friendly summaries on the latest research from the NIDILRR Community, including research on burn injuries. These summaries include Burn Injury Survivors May Face Racial or Ethnic Gaps in Community Integration After Injury and Telemedicine Can Help Care Teams Focus on Recovery After Burn Injury.

To learn more about these and other products from the NIDILRR community, contact NARIC’s information specialists.

About mpgarcia

I'm the Bilingual Information/Media Specialist at NARIC.
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