About Verification
Verified Burn Centers
Criterion Deficiencies -
   Effective 1/1/2015


Burn Center Verification is a joint program of the American Burn Association (ABA) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS). To achieve verification, a burn center must meet the rigorous standards for organizational structure, personnel qualifications, facilities resources and medical care services set out in the in the ABA chapter on Guidelines for the Operation of Burn Centers in the ACS publication on Resources For Optimal Care Of The Injured Patient 2006. Elements of this voluntary program include completion of a pre-review questionnaire and an in-depth on-site review by members of the ABA Verification Committee. A written report by the site visit team is reviewed by the ABA Verification Committee and by the Committee on Trauma of the ACS.

Burn Center verification provides a true mark of distinction for a burn center and is an indicator to government, third-party payers, patients and their families, and accreditation organizations that the center provides high quality patient care to burn patients from time of injury through rehabilitation.

For a copy of the presentation given at the Verification Seminar at the 2007 ABA Annual Meeting, please click here.

Verification Step-by-Step

Burn Centers interested in verification or re-verification should send a formal request to the American Burn Association to Alice Zemelko either by email to zemelko@ameriburn.org or by phone at (312) 642-9260. Please include contact and mailing information. A packet of materials including a copy of the pre-review questionnaire, information on requirements for verifications, a site visit agenda, and an application form will be sent out upon receipt of the request.

Those institutions who wish to apply for verification should send in a completed copy of the Application for Site Visit along with payment to the ABA Central Office. The Application includes the date parameters for your site visit and allows Central Office staff to begin scheduling the visit. After selecting site visitors and confirming their availability, the ABA will send an email confirming the date of the visit to the site visit coordinator.

Meanwhile, the burn center should be completing the pre-review questionnaire. Once this questionnaire is completed and all related materials compiled, three hard copies and three CDs should be sent to the ABA Central Office, as directed. The PRQ must be received by the ABA Central Office no later than six weeks before the visit takes place.

The ABA reviews the questionnaire, then forwards it to the reviewers one month before the visit takes place. Letters containing site visit details and a list of what QA/QI documentation will be needed for a successful visit are sent out to the hospital. The hospital is responsible for arranging airport pickup and hotel accommodations for the reviewers.

There is an informal dinner the night before the visit attended by all attendings caring for patients in the burn center, the Nurse Manager(s) and the administrator most directly responsible for the burn center. The formal visit and review take place the next morning and include an introductory meeting, a tour of the burn center, rounds and chart review, followed by an exit interview, usually ending by no later than 1:00 pm.

Site reviewers prepare the site visit report and forward it to the ABA Central Offie where it is reviewed and sent to the Verification Review Committee for comments/approval. Upon approval of the report, the hospital is notified of the re/verification, a plaque is ordered and sent to the hospital along with publicity materials.

The entire verification process takes three to six months.

For more information about Burn Center Verification or to request a packet of materials, please contact Alice Zemelko at zemelko@ameriburn.org.