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ISRAEL INDEPENDENCE
DAYCELEBRA TION
Monds:, April 9Nh-4:0 n. pm

Page 10-Saturday, April 7,1979-The Michigan Daily

'U' to acquire new burn center

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KUENZEL ROOM, MICHIGAN UNION
MONDAY, APRIL 9th - 8:00 p.m.

By JOHN GOYER
The Michigan Department of Public
Health has granted the University a
certificate of need for a new $6.5 million
Burn Center.
The new 30-bed center will serve as a
statewide facility for the care and
treatment of severe burn victims.
ACCORDING TO Dr. Irving Feller,
University professor of surgery and
director of thenew BurnsCenter, the
facility will be a "model facility for
teaching the complexities of all phases
of burn care and for research into the
many uncertainties of present day
treatment."
"Since severe burns affect virtually
every system in the body and present
dificfult infection problems, it was
critical to the creation of a burn center

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that it be located in a major medical
center campus with immediate access
to the disciplines of research, teaching
and treatment methods," Feller said. .
The center will include two intensive
care units equipped for hydro-therapy,
six "acute care" beds, and 12
rehabilitation beds. The center is
designed to handle 590 in-patient and
2,300 out-patient visits annually.
CONSTRUCTION OF the new center
is slated to begin in November 1979.
Although the center will be a part of the
proposed new University Hospital,
plans provide for the separate con-
struction of the Burn Center. The center
will rely on the hospital for laboratory
services, radiology, dietetics, and
housekeeping.
The, National Institute for Burn
Medicine (NIBM) and the University
Development office will raise funds for
the project.
Existing burn care facilities are
spread between three area hospitals,
including a ten-bed unit in University
Hospital. The new center will con-
solidate all three units.

FELLER SAID the present scat-
tering of facilities is inefficient and that
it contradicts the idea of having a team
of specialists bring a patient through all
stages of treatment and rehabilitation.
The team of specialists consists of a
surgical team, a physician, specially
trained nurses, a social worker, a
micro-biologist, a dietician and
physical and occupational therapists.
Feller and his colleagues at the Burn
Center are responsible for many ad-
vances in burn treatment. Twenty
years ago, even severe burns were
treated as primarily skin injuries,
while patients died of complications
and infection.
AS A RESIDENT physician at
University Hospital in 1957, Feller
recognized that internal problems and
infection killed many patients. Because
of this realization, Feller was able to
save the life of one young girl who had
suffered burns over 70 per cent of her
body, destroying the accepted belief
that burns covering more than 30 per
cent of the body would be fatal.
University Hospital first established a

burn clinic in 1961, and at the same time
Feller began to compile case histories
of burn victims. Using this information;
the Burn Center has been able to direct
research toward solving some major
burn treatment problems. For examI
ple, statistics showed that one type of
bacteria was a primary cause of death
in burn cases. After developing a vacI
cine to counter the effects of this strain
of bacteria, deaths from this type of in~
fection were cut by 80 per cent at the
Burn Center.k
Despite the emotional stress of
helping burn victims, Feller tries t*
prevent his patients' condition from ina
terfering with his work. According to
him, a doctor can best help a patient
"by doing what you have to do to srake
the person comfortable, without getting
bogged down in your own feelings."

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revealed growing optimism among
Americans that they can find jobs.
The number of people who have
abandoned hope of getting work fell to
725,000 in the first three months of 1979,
the lowest quarterly total since the
third quarter of 1974, the Labor Depar-
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THE GOVERNMENT'S so-called
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say they want work, but who have stop-
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employment in March increased 200,000
to a new high of 96.8 million. There were
70,000 new jobs in manufacturing,
notably in electrical-equipment, tran-
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