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Trauma, Critical Care & Burns

Burn Rehabilitation

As 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. We provide specialized interdisciplinary services to address the physical, psychosocial and vocational needs of individuals with severe burn injuries.

Burn research projects

  • The Creation of a Psychological Data Base for the Advancement of Outpatient Burn Rehabilitation
    Researchers: Dr. Paula J. Gardner, Dafna Knittel-Keren
  • The Utility of a Video Game System in Rehabilitation of Burn and Non-burn Patients: A Survey Among Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Practitioners
    Researchers: Vera Fung, Ken So, Esther Park, Aileen Ho, Jennifer Shaffer, Elaine Chan
  • The Posttraumatic Stress Disorder - Checklist as a Screening Measure for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Rehabilitation After Burn Injuries
    Researchers: Paula J. Gardner, Dafna Knittel-Keren
  • Prospective Evaluation of the ''Road to Recovery'' Program among Outpatients with Burns or Complex Trauma
    Researchers: Paula J. Gardner, Sandy Cayne, Dafna Knittel-Keren

Find out how burn rehabilitation helps our patients:

Electrical Injury Rehabilitation

St. John's Rehab is the site of Canada's only dedicated electrical injury program. Our highly skilled rehabilitation professionals work with patients and their families to offer customized comprehensive assessment and care to people who have been living with the adverse, often invisible, effects of electrical injuries.

Electrical injury research projects

  • The Neuropsychological Sequelae Following Electrical Injury
    Researchers: Alisa Grigorovich, Joel S. Fish, Larry Leach
  • Fatigue after electrical injury
    Researchers: Robert Chen, Kaviraja Udupa, Dr. Joel S. Fish
  • Effectiveness of Pain Management Following Electrical Injury
    Researchers: Adrienne Li, Joel S. Fish
  • Diagnosis of Long-term Sequelae After Low Voltage Electrical Injury
    Researchers: Joel S. Fish, Kirstin Theman

Find out how electrical injury rehabilitation helps our patients:

SARS Rehabilitation

In 2004, St. John's Rehab in collaboration with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), started the All Systems Go rehabilitation program to help patients who were struggling with long-term health problems resulting from Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The program offered physiatry, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, massage therapy, psychology, pharmacy and social services. Our researchers are studying the effects of SARS and assessing symptoms of survivors several years after infection. Findings for the study have important implications for the understanding, prevention and treatment of long-term psychological effects of infectious diseases.

SARS research projects

  • SARS Survivors: Psychological Functioning 1, 4, and 7 Years Later
    Researchers: Paula J. Gardner, Parvaneh Moallef, and John Patcai

Find out how SARS research helps our patients:

If you would like to learn more about our SARS research projects, please contact Dr. Paula J. Gardner at 416-226-6780, ext. 7156 or by email

Wound Care

Many people who have been in a hospital for an extended time not only have to overcome their primary medical condition. They may also have to deal with painful and potentially dangerous wounds that come from traumatic injuries, surgery, or pressure ulcers (also known as bed sores). Managing these wounds, and the pain, scarring or infection they may cause, requires advanced, specialized techniques.

Wound care research projects

  • Nutritional Supplementation using ProNutra ® to promote the healing process of stage III and IV pressure ulcers in a patient population
    Researchers: R. Gary Sibbald, Kevin Woo, and Dr. Morty Eisenberg

Find out how our wound care research has helped our patients: