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Burn Rehabilitation

St. John's Rehab offers Ontario's only dedicated burn rehabilitation program. The hospital provides specialized interdisciplinary services to address the physical, psychosocial and vocational needs of individuals with severe burn injuries.

Referrals & Admissions

Inpatient Referral Forms

Inpatient Admission Criteria

  • Medically stable with no significant fluctuations in medical status within 72 hours.
  • Motivated to participate in rehab, has active rehab goals, and is able to participate in two sessions of active rehab therapy five to seven days a week.
  • Able to sit unsupported for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  • Patient's cognitive abilities and state of mental health support participation in active rehab.

Special needs accommodated (on a case-by-case basis) include the following:

  • IV therapy (PICC and portacath only)
  • Intermittent oxygen therapy/home oxygen
  • Tracheotomy (must by corked)
  • Intermittent tube feeds (PEG tube only)
  • Ostomy

Outpatient Referral Forms

Download our Outpatient Referral Form on our referral information page.

Please include all relevant medical/therapy reports with your application

Outpatient Admission Criteria

  • Has active rehab goals and is able to participate and tolerate increasing amount of rehab therapy.
  • Has adequate cognitive communication abilities for rehab.
  • Has a reliable means of transportation.

Program Details

Burn patient playing pianoAs Canada's leader in burn rehabilitation, St. John's Rehab is a regional and national centre of excellence on the forefront of delivering inpatient and outpatient treatment, teaching and research.

Hospitals across the province refer patients to the inpatient program and physicians in the community can refer patients directly to the hospital's outpatient program. Auto insurance clients and injured workers covered by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board are referred to the Back on Track Program. Patients benefit from a seamless continuum of services that ensures they can continue to working toward their rehabilitation goals in a facility that provides the same high standards of care and evidence-based outcomes.

The inpatient and outpatient teams represent a full range of rehabilitation professionals and medical specialists who work with patients and their families to expedite their recovery and return to the workforce or the community. Support groups at the hospital respond to patients' psychological and social needs to encourage developing coping and self-management strategies.

Bi-weekly burn clinics at St. John's Rehab include specialists from the Ross Tilley Burn Centre and the Hamilton Health Sciences Centre.

Patients can also access fee-for-service care such as massage therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic and chiropody services to complement their rehabilitation.

Program backgrounder

St. John's Rehab at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is dedicated to specialized rehabilitation. As the site of Canada's first and Ontario's only dedicated burn rehabilitation program, we are the national leader in delivering inpatient and outpatient treatment.

  • As a provincial provider, patients are referred to our program from hospitals and physicians across Ontario.
  • The rehabilitation team develops realistic goals and timelines with each patient and keeps in close contact with the patient and his or her family. This helps achieve maximum recovery, independence and quality of life.
  • Our highly skilled and committed multidisciplinary rehab team includes physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses, speech-language pathologists, pharmacists, physicians, dietitians, social workers, psychologists and spiritual care.
  • Expertise in intensive wound management.
  • Consultations with an external network of acute care burn specialists are available as required. For example, bi-weekly burn clinics are held at the hospital and involve specialists from the Ross Tilley Burn Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
  • Once discharged, patients can benefit from a seamless continuum of care by being referred to our outpatient rehabilitation program.
  • The specialized Back on Track Program serves clients who sustain burns in motor vehicle and work-related accidents. We are a specialty provider of services for clients of the Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB).
  • Comprehensive interdisciplinary care with an established reputation and specialization in return to work programming and management of psychological issues.
  • Electrical injury specialists. Canada's only dedicated electrical injury rehab program - customized comprehensive assessment and care to people who have been living with the adverse, often invisible effects of electrical injuries.
  • Partnered with Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, currently publishing research on electrical injuries.

Our burn program patients

April 2014 - March 2015

  • Inpatients admitted: 43
  • Outpatient visits: 8,315
  • Average active rehab length of stay: 33 days
  • Average age of patients: 50 years old
  • Patients aged 55 or older: 35 per cent
  • Gender of patients: 58 per cent male, 42 per cent female

Canadian burn facts

  • The Ontario Workplace Safety Insurance Board reported 1,076 lost time claims due to burns by heat, 266 burns by chemical and 37 burns by electrical injuries (2008).
  • In 2004, the National Trauma Registry reported:
    • In 2001-2002, there were over 200,000 hospitalizations due to injury. 1.7% (over 3,400) hospitalizations were due to burn injuries.
    • The majority of burn injuries occurred in Ontario and the most affected age group was between 35-44 years old.
    • The most common burn was contact with a hot substance or object resulting in 1,414 hospitalizations.
    • The most frequent season for burn injury was the summer (June, July and August) with 3,109 hospitalizations.
    • Burn patients spent on average 12.2 days in the hospital; 2% died in hospital.

Location and contact

Burn Rehabilition Program

St. John's Rehab
285 Cummer Avenue
Toronto, ON M2M 2G1

Phone: 416-226-6780
Fax: 416-226-5406

Email us

Program Brochure

Burn Rehabilitation program brochure

PDF Download Download our Burn Rehabilitation program brochure (PDF, 1.0 MB)

For referring organizations:
If you would like copies of our brochures for you and your patients, please fill out our Printed Material Request Form.