Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) and Harborview Medical Center’s recent announcement of the formation of a new Center of Excellence for medical care for burns to help the hundreds of workers each year in the state that are burned on the job so severely that they require specialized medical care.
The new agreement expands workers’ access to a range of specialists who will collaborate throughout the worker’s recovery. The L&I noted that National data has shown that nearly half of adult burn patients do not return to work two years after injury, and 28% never return to work. However, a recent study in the Journal of Burn Care & Research showed that 93% of workers with work-related burns who were treated at the UW Medicine Regional Burn Center at Harborview returned to work on average 24 days after injury.
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