Karliss Kimbrough, Burn Center Outreach Coordinator, left, poses with a group of siblings during the Health and Wellness Expo June 18.
Story and photo by Steven Galvan, DBA
USAISR Public Affairs Officer
U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research
06 AUG 2016
The U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research Burn Center Clinical Education team participated in the third annual San Antonio Health and Wellness Expo along with numerous city and state representatives June 18 at Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
“What an opportunity to spread the message about burn prevention to San Antonio residents in such a large venue,” said Lt. Col. Robin Smith, USAISR Chief of Clinical Education.
Sarah Murray, a burn center intensive care unit clinical nurse specialist, said that she was excited to see all the interest in the burn prevention at the Burn Center display booth.
“We estimated that there were more than 500 adults and children that came through to see the Burn Center display,” said Murray.
Maj. Laura Kraemer, burn center post-anesthesia care unit team member, assisted in manning the display booth and handed out crayons and burn prevention coloring books.
“They were a huge hit with the children,” she said.
The team also met several past patients who shared their experience of being an inpatient at the Burn Center and took information to spread the burn prevention flyers to family and friends.
“The outreach focus was geared towards the upcoming Fourth of July celebrations and benign sparklers,” said Burn Center Outreach Coordinator. “A previous patient came to the display booth who had been treated at the USAISR Burn Center for full thickness burns from sparklers on her right torso. We discussed and showed the scars of the dangers of sparklers with a bride-to-be who is planning to have sparklers at her wedding. I believe that every one at that wedding will take extra precautions when handling the sparklers.”
Smith added that without the outreach volunteers, the event would not have been a complete success.
“It takes a lot of effort moving all the outreach supplies, set up display at the venue and share with people that burns can be prevented,” she said. “Thanks to all that were able to help us reach out to the San Antonio community.”