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New Orleans' only trauma and burn center to open early 2018

Construction on a new integrated Burn Center and Level 1 Trauma Center at University Medical Center in New Orleans is wrapping up, with an expected opening date in February or March 2018.

Burn victims that have also suffered trauma are currently taken first to University Medical Center in New Orleans for stabilization before being sent to the nearest burn centers either at Baton Rouge General Hospital or the Arnold Luterman Regional Burn Center at the University of South Alabama in Mobile where they are treated for burn injuries, which includes smoke inhalation.

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