Your Burn Clinic Visit

If you are a new patient at the UofL Health – Outpatient Burn Clinic, here are some tips that can help you regarding your visit.

How to Prepare

  • One hour before the appointment, take pain medicine as directed for your wound care.
  • Someone will need to drive you to and from the clinic if you are taking narcotic pain medicine.
  • Know how many dressing supplies you have left. We may be able to help you get more.
  • Bring a list of medications, allergies and past medical history.

What to Expect During Your Visit

  • The Outpatient Burn Clinic team will take your vital signs, including blood pressure.
  • You will receive a questionnaire to be filled out each clinic visit. Depending on your needs, the burn social worker is available to help you fill out the questionnaire.
  • Your dressings will be removed and your burn will be cleaned, and a provider, physical therapist and nurse will assess your burn. The team will make decisions regarding dressing changes, and your burn will be redressed.
  • You will receive education about dressing changes, next steps and the healing process.

Dressing Changes at Home

  • You will be taught how to change your dressings at home.
  • You should change your dressing once a day, unless instructed otherwise.
  • We will connect you with a disposable medical equipment provider to supply dressing change supplies.


  • If your Outpatient Burn Clinic appointment is through telehealth instead of in person, a link for the appointment will be sent to you through email. Be on the lookout for an email from
  • Make sure your dressing is down before your telehealth appointment.


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Haily Smith BSN, RN, CCRN

Haily Smith, BSN, RN, CCRN, is the burn educator and resource nurse at UofL Health – UofL Hospital. She joined UofL Hospital in February 2011. As the burn educator and resource nurse, she provides burn education within the hospital and to outside hospitals and Emergency Medical Services throughout the commonwealth of Kentucky. She is also a resource to the Emergency Department, Burn Center and Outpatient Burn Clinic. Previous to this role, she was a bedside nurse in the Burn Unit and also served as a charge nurse. Haily has a bachelor’s in nursing from University of Louisville.

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