Emotional, psychological and physical impact of burns on the survivor and family -
Katherine has to live everyday with the constant reminder of the trauma she went and is still going through as well as the severe burns she has on majority of her upper body. She struggles through being a typical teenager let alone also having to put up with the hospitalizations and constant surgeries in regards to her scars. Katherine has the battle of wanting to feel attractive and urging to fit in like every other teenager, “I want the operations so that I can try to look like everyone else” (chapter fourteen, page 158).
Katherine’s family do all they humanly can to support and be there for her no matter what, although Katherine does go through the pains of having an over protective Mother whom constantly tries to control the decisions that Katherine, a young adult is quite capable of making herself.
The burns on Katherine also has an impact on her Mother and sister, they both
The role of a Burn Unit team such as the Unit at the Children’s Hospital, Westmead; the family; and support groups
Burn unit teams are a service that help treat people for minor to severe burns across their body.
They also attend to physiological problems in which the patient or family may have after the incident. The teams are highly specialized in attending to the needs of the patients with roles such as specialist doctors, nurses, dieticians, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, psychologists, social workers and physiotherapists, who all work together to ensure that the patients and families receive the best possible recovery.
Physiotherapists are a very crucial part of recovery, they help to heal the burns and prevent any tearing which may happen when the skin begins to scar. Patients have said that physiotherapy is the most challenging and painful part of recovery but the most rewarding because without it life would almost be impossible. Psychologists also play a big part...