You can create your own Scald/Contact Burn Injury Prevention Outreach Initiatives with Bernie Burn.

Here are some creative methods to possibly reach high risk and/or low-income families with Bernie Burn.

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A children's burn foundation in California is currently using Bernie Burn in their newest scald/contact burn injury prevention outreach program


Include Bernie Burn in Home Safety Gift Packages That Are Sent Home With New Mom’s and Their Infants.

Realizing that mom’s are in the hospital for such a short period of time, it still may be possible for trained professionals to provide mom’s with some level of scald/contact burn injury prevention education before leaving the hospital.  Include a copy of Bernie Burn in the home safety gift packages that are usually sent home with mom and baby.

Follow-up/Measure Outcomes:Professionals could provide caregiver with a self-addressed, stamped survey card along with the Bernie Burn storybook, and offer an incentive to return it, or with the caregiver’s consent, simply offer to follow-up with a home visit, or follow-up at pediatrician office visits.


Pediatricians Offices: 

In cooperation and participation with pediatricians’, annual visits may be a great way to reach families, collect data, and to follow-up.  Trained professionals can provide early scald/contact burn injury prevention education to caregiver’s and their children at annual visits.

Follow-up/Measure Outcomes: Professionals could provide caregiver with a self-addressed, stamped survey card along with the Bernie Burn storybook, and offer an incentive to return it, or simply follow-up at next office visit.


Home Visits: 

This may be a great way to provide EARLY contact/burn injury prevention education and collect data.  Professionals can make a home visit to evaluate home environment, identify safety risk factors, read Bernie Burn, and educate caregivers and children on home safety and scald/contact burn injury prevention. 

Follow-up/Measure Outcomes: Professional could leave caregiver with a self-addressed, stamped survey card and offer an incentive to return it, or with caregiver’s consent, simply offer to follow-up with another home visit.

A Health Department in Wisconsin is currently using a program similar to this using Bernie Burn


Preschools and Elementary Schools:

Many national fire departments and organizations are using Bernie Burn in their burn injury prevention education outreach programs

Speaking from my own experience, I believe it is essential to have a trained professional actually presenting, educating, and addressing/answering children’s questions about scald/contact burn prevention, and then leaving them with their very own Bernie Burn storybook to take home to read again and again. They really seem to enjoy the perforated coloring pages at the end! This is also a great opportunity to ask children if they’ve ever been burned and how they were burned.  Many educators have informed us that Bernie Burn may be appropriate for even older school-aged children, Kindergarten and first grade

Follow-up/Measure Outcomes: Include a self-addressed, stamped survey card along with the Bernie Burn storybook, and offer an incentive for caregivers to return it.


Mom to Mom Support Groups:  

Many hospitals offer Mom to Mom Support Groups and Programs.  In many instances, these programs are organized by volunteers, registered nurses, medical, social, and human service professionals delivering educational information to caregivers and their children.  This may be a great way to reach families with Bernie Burn.  Trained professionals can present Bernie Burn to caregivers and their children and provide scald/contact burn injury prevention education. This is also a great opportunity to ask children and adults alike if they’ve ever been burned and how they were burned.  Send each child/family home with their very own Bernie Burn storybook to read again and again.

Follow-up/Measure Outcomes: Professionals could provide caregiver with a self-addressed, stamped survey card along with the Bernie Burn storybook, and offer an incentive to return it.


Emergency Rooms:  

If a child presents to ER with a burn injury and will be returning home, evaluate cause, identify risk factors, and discuss preventative measures.  Due to the traumatic event, the ER may not be conducive to a lengthy teaching environment.  However, it may be possible for trained professionals to provide some level of scald/contact burn injury prevention education to caregivers and send them home with Bernie Burn Storybook to read with their child.

Follow-up/Measure Outcomes: Professionals could provide caregiver with a self-addressed, stamped survey card along with the Bernie Burn storybook, and offer an incentive to return it, or with the caregiver’s consent, simply offer to follow-up with a home visit.

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