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Andrew McGuire was Director of Burn Unit at San Francisco General Hospital.
Andrew McGuire was severely burned as a seven-year-old child. This led him to engage in a lifetime of work in the field of injury prevention. Andrew began his injury prevention work in 1974 in Boston, Massachusetts, where he developed and directed Action Against Burns, the first survivor advocacy organization for burn survivors and their families. The organization was instrumental in the establishment of a federal fire resistance standard that helped eliminate pajama-related burn injuries to children. After he returned to California in 1975, Andrew established the Burn Council. Dr. Donald Trunkey, then Director of the Burn Center at San Francisco General Hospital, offered support for this new organization by inviting the Burn Council to open offices at San Francisco General Hospital. Among other activities, the Burn Council set up self-help groups for patients and families in the six burn centers in the San Francisco Bay Area.
In 1981, the Burn Council expanded its mission to include the prevention of all traumatic injuries, including those related to burns, domestic violence, firearms, transportation, the workplace, youth violence, and all injuries involving excess alcohol use. It was renamed the Trauma Foundation.
- Web site of the Trauma Foundation, accessed September 14, 2008
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