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Social Work

The social worker on the burn service meets with all patients and their families individually during the child’s hospitalization. During the initial interview, the social worker will ask questions about the child’s living arrangements, any prior hospitalizations and the circumstances surrounding the child’s burn injury. The emphasis is on trying to understand what the child was like before the burn, with the goal of returning the child as much as possible to that prior level of functioning.
During the child’s hospital stay, the social worker will provide initial crisis intervention, continued supportive counseling to both patient and families and referrals to community resources. The social worker will also assist families in navigating the hospital system, applying for medical insurance, lodging for out-of-town families and in meeting other needs during the child’s hospitalization. Working closely with the other members of the medical team, the social worker also helps ensure that patients’ physical, social and emotional needs are met during the hospital stay and when they return to the community.

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