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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-2

Be the change

Editor-in-Chief, IJB

Date of Web Publication11-Dec-2015

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Prof. Vinita Puri
Department of Plastic, Reconstructive Surgery and Burns, Seth G S Medical College and KEM Hospital, Parel, Mumbai - 400 012, Maharashtra, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0971-653X.171598

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Puri V. Be the change. Indian J Burns 2015;23:1-2

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Season's Greetings from the Editorial Desk of the Indian Journal of Burns. As we bring to you the latest issue of the cream of academic work in the burn field, I feel heartened to see that units who are doing burn work are now making the effort to write up and publish their work. As we look back on the work that has been done and look forth to doing something that can bring a change, we realize that burn work in India is highly unidimensional. It is mostly treatment-oriented. In a country like India, the issues are multidimensional. There is a social angle, a financial angle, a psychological angle, and finally a vocational angle. A change can be brought about in each and every mentioned dimension to improve the overall outcome of the patient. While tackling the burn-related mortality aspect, we have ready examples in the burn models of developed countries. I had the opportunity to visit the Plastic Surgery Department at the Stanford University, California, as an invited visiting professor and the Burn Clinic at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. The level of professionalism and sincere approach to patient care and the need to do the right thing by every member of the team every single time is what makes the difference to the outcomes. Even a pastor attends their daily grand rounds! Thanks to an advanced medical care model more stress can also be laid on research which is the foundation stone for progress.

The present journal has a number of articles directed toward audit and research of parameters such as bacteriological profiling of burn units which is laudable. The know your burn unit section introduces us to the history and progress of the Mahabodhi Burns Center, BMCRI, Bengaluru, which makes for a very interesting read. Experiences of Padmashree Dr. Mathangi Ramakrishnan on managing complications in pediatric burns will help many burn surgeons struggling with pediatric burns. Dr. Rajput's article on hair transplant for burn scars is one more step toward achieving normality and improved self-image in burn survivors.

Bringing about a change in the social dynamics can be achieved only through awareness. The Hope after fire article written by Dr. Raja Sabapathy is a shining example of how an individual and an idea can bring change. It is inspiring to say the least and can double up as both an article written for the Social Initiative and for the Guru Speak section. The ideas of creating media awareness by roping in film stars and social marketing mentioned are the keys to educate and share our dream with volunteers and sponsors who can make the difference. Furthermore, the involvement of organizations such as Rotary is a powerful tool as they have a high degree of empathy and commitment to any cause they take up backed by adequate financial support to worthy causes. The model depicted by Dr. Sabapathy is desirable and can be surely emulated in all parts of the country as surgical expertise is already in place and all that needed is the will and a self-sustaining financial model.

When we conducted the second pediatric burn survivor recreational camp this year, the power of the burn camp model and why it carries such a strong psychological impact was made clear as day to us. Children who had attended the earlier camp were no longer the same shy and diffident youngsters; they had opened up and appeared more confident with an improved self-image. This is one of the viable solutions to tackle the stigma associated with burns.

This year also saw the emergence of social media tools such as WhatsApp and Facebook where a number of posts were put up by plastic surgeons regarding the do's and don'ts at the time of festivals to prevent burns. These efforts will definitely translate into long-term impacts.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel and hope after fire after all!!

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