Baton Rouge General Update on Geismar Explosion Regional Burn Center Patients


Baton Rouge General provided a press conference in day two following the June 13 explosion that occurred at the Williams Olefins chemical plant in Geismar, LA. The hospital has received a total of 19 patients since the accident occurred. Dr. Flip Roberts, Baton Rouge General's Chief Medical Officer, joined by hospital officials and burn clinicians Dr. Dhaval Adhvaryu, burn surgeon, Liz Spreen, RN, and resident Dr. Amir Abdul-Jabbar, provided a press conference and opened with remarks of compassion and concern for the family and loved ones of the victims, including the gentleman whose life was lost in the tragic event.

Continued updates surrounded the four patients remaining in the hospital's Regional Burn Center - one patient remains in critical condition, one is in serious condition, and two are in fair condition. "We want the community to rest assured that our patients are in very skilled, caring and compassionate hands. Baton Rouge General is the very first hospital established in our area, and our Regional Burn Center was the first burn center established in Louisiana in 1970, and we provide highly specialized, leading edge care when it comes to the treatment of serious burns. Our team is doing everything we can for these brave patients and their families," commented Dr. Roberts.

Baton Rouge General's burn center team consists of physician specialists, surgeons, nurses, physical and respiratory therapists, social workers, nutritional support, and pastoral counselors. Over the coming days, which represent a critical 48-72 hour window of time following major burn injuries, the team is focused on the following key components of burn patient care:

  • stabilizing the airways 
  • replacing fluids due to the escape of fluids from the wounded areas
  • and treating the wounds with antibacterial dressings to combat infection

Baton Rouge General will provide further updates online at and at facebook/batonrougegeneral.

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center

Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital, with 527 licensed beds on two campuses. As the first hospital in Baton Rouge, opening its doors in 1900, Baton Rouge General has a long history of groundbreaking milestones, as well as providing the Greater Baton Rouge community with high quality healthcare for generations.

Baton Rouge General is affiliated with and also serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine. In addition to serving as a satellite campus for Tulane medical students in the LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Discovery) Academy program, Baton Rouge General also offers a Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, School of Nursing and School of Radiologic Technology. Baton Rouge General, an accredited teaching hospital since 1991, is committed to exceptional medical education and serves a diverse population that is representative of the types of patients, injuries, illnesses and healthcare needs most frequently seen by physicians in private practice.

Baton Rouge General's Regional Burn Center

Baton Rouge General's Regional Burn Center opened in July of 1970, providing a unique service dedicated to care and treatment of burn victims in the Gulf Coast region. It was the first designated burn facility in Louisiana, 14th in the nation, and is one of only 125 specialized burn centers in the U.S. The Burn Center provides more than 3,000 treatments each year for those suffering from flame, scald, electrical, chemical and other burn-related injuries and continues to achieve the highest standards for providing exceptional inpatient and outpatient care, rehabilitation and support services.