Physician Referrals to the Burn Center

The UW Burn Center at Harborview welcomes physician referrals. Written referrals should be submitted using our UW Medicine Referral Request Form

Our physicians are available for consultation 24 hours a day by calling the Transfer Center at 1.888.731.4791.

The UW Burn Center at Harborview recommends that patients with the following injuries, as determined by the American Burn Association, should be cared for at a burn center: 

  • Partial thickness burns greater than 10 percent total body surface area (TBSA) 
  • Burns that involve the face, hands, feet, genitalia, perineum or major joints 
  • Third-degree burns in any age group 
  • Electrical burns, including lightning injury 
  • Chemical burns 
  • Inhalation injury 
  • Burn injury in patients with pre-existing medical disorders that could complicate management, prolong recovery or affect mortality
  • Any patients with burns and concomitant trauma, such as fractures, in which the burn injury poses the greatest risk of morbidity or mortality. In such cases, if the trauma poses the greater immediate risk, the patient may be initially stabilized in a trauma center before being transferred to a burn unit. Physician judgment will be necessary in such situations and should be in concert with the regional medical control plan and triage protocols. 
  • Burned children in hospitals without qualified personnel or equipment to care for children 
  • Burn injury in patients who will require special social, emotional or long-term rehabilitative intervention

To maximize the chances of survival and good outcomes we recommend clinically proven stabilization protocols for transporting burn patients.
Download the burn protocol in PD​​​​F format