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Burn Wound Care…..Bringing the Sexy Back!


Course Directors: Crystal New RN, BS and Mary-Liz Bilodeau, RN, MS, CCRN, ACNPC


This conference is geared to the novice burn nurse or those nurses working in non-burn settings such as
Emergency Departments, Urgent Care Centers, etc. The basics of burn wounds will be addressed as well
as surgical and non-surgical options for managing the burn wound.

7:30- 8:00: Registration

8:00-8:30: Overview: Demographics, Etiology, Depth & Extent, Pathophysiology- Katherine Aceto, RN
This session serves as basis for describing the burn patient in general – who gets burned, how and why. Also covered will be the basics of pathophysiology of the burn wound

8:30-9:45: Wound Care Options – Ashley Smith, RN

This session will cover the non-surgical options for managing burn wounds. This will include cleansing, debriding and selection of a topical agent and dressing.

9:45-10:00 Break

10:00-11:00 Surgical Options: Acute & Reconstructive - Jon Friedstat, MD

This session will address the surgical approaches to burn wounds – both acute closure as well as reconstructive options

11:00- 11:15: Burn/Wound Care Research - Jon Friedstat, MD

This session will provide an overview of the research being done at MGH with respect to wound care.

11:15-11:45: Telehealth - Benji Meller

This session will provide an overview of providing burn follow-up through telehealth and virtual visits at home. We will discuss the logistics of this program.

11:45-12:00: Burn Referrals- Mary-Liz Bilodeau RN, MS, CCRN, ACNPC

In this session we will provide information on the American Burn Association (ABA) criteria for categories of patients who should be transferred to a Burn Center.

12:00: Evaluations

Mary-Liz Bilodeau

Course Director

Mary-Liz Bilodeau is one of the Nurse Practitioners for the Burn Service at MGH.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Fairfield University in 1977 and a Masters Degree as a Cardiovascular Clinical Nurse Specialist in 1986.  She served as the CNS for the General Surgical ICUs at MGH until 1995 when she assumed the role of CNS for the Burn Unit.  She completed a Certificate of Advanced Preparation as an Adult NP from the IHP in 1997 and has worked with the Burn Service since that time.

Mary Liz has been a member of the AACN since 1979 and has been CCRN certified since 1980.  She has served as President of the local chapter of the AACN as well as Regional Chapter Consultant.  After assuming the role of NP in the Burn Service, Mary Liz has held several roles within the American Burn Association (ABA):  Associate Program Chair for the National Meeting, Member of the Government Advisory Committee and now functions as Co-Chair for the upcoming Northeast Burn Conference, being held in Boston in November, 2018.


She has lectured extensively over the years, locally, nationally and internationally of topics related to critical care and burn injury.  She most recently presented work on efforts to decrease opiate prescriptions in Burn patients at the Annual Meeting of the ABA.

Crystal New

Course Director

Crystal New received her bachelor’s degree from Franklin Pierce College and her nursing degree from Lawrence Memorial/ Regis College nursing program.  She has worked at the Massachusetts General Hospital since 2001.  Crystal began her career as a nurse on the Burn and Plastics Reconstructive step down unit and then in the Burn ICU.   This is where her passion for burn care blossomed.  Crystal transitioned to the Fraser Outpatient Burn Center where she assumed the role of the Clinical Practice Manager.  She has held this position since 2004.

Katie Aceto, BSN, RN CPSN


Katie Aceto has spent her nursing career working in Burn Care. She built her professional foundation at Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Boston.  After graduating from St. Anselm College, she started her nursing career at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2009 where she serves as a staff nurse in the Burns and Plastics Reconstructive Unit.  Katie has been an advocate of the Burn Survivor Community and serves as the coordinator of the SOAR program.  

Ashley Smith


Ashley Smith graduated from Simmons College with her BSN in 2011. She has been working on the burn unit at Massachusetts General Hospital for the past seven years. She recently just became one of the attending resource nurses on the burn and plastics unit. “I love my work as a burn nurse and teaching younger nurses to become one”.

Dr. Jonathan Friedstat


Dr. Jonathan Friedstat is an assistant in surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and an instructor of surgery at Harvard Medical School (HMS), Boston, Massachusetts. He received his medical degree from the University Of Illinois College of Medicine, graduating as a James Scholar. Dr. Friedstat completed his general surgery residency at the University of Washington, a combined burn/critical care fellowship at MGH, plastic surgery residency at the University of North Carolina, and a microsurgery fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer center.  He is board certified in general surgery, surgical critical care, and plastic surgery. Additionally, he is completing a MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in clinical effectiveness (expected graduation 2018).

Benjamin Meller


Benjamin Meller is the Technology Operations Manager for the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for TeleHealth.  He oversees the daily operation of clinical videoconferencing, image transfer, and asynchronous data exchange workflows and technologies.  He also manages support processes, workflow design, and physician training for the Center.

The Center for TeleHealth supports multiple programs designed to offer patients and consulting provider’s virtual options for accessing Mass General clinicians via video, phone, text, email, mobile applications and remote monitoring.  Center for TeleHealth programs have supported more than 40,000 interactions between hundreds of Mass General physicians and thousands of patients and consulting providers.  Mass General continues to grow its portfolio of TeleHealth offerings to patients, community providers, and external hospital partners through a variety of telemedicine modalities.

Before joining the Center for TeleHealth in 2014, Benjamin worked in the Department of Psychiatry at Mass General Hospital for five years.  Through a variety of research and departmental administration positions, his work initially focused on electronic data capture for clinical trials, but expanded to include leveraging technology to improve workflows and efficiencies throughout hospital administration.  In 2013 he began consulting on the implementation of Virtual Visits in the Department of Psychiatry and has focused his career on telemedicine ever since.   Benjamin received a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Psychology from Tufts University in 2009.

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