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Burn Center Education Programs

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A multidisciplinary approach to educate healthcare personnel regarding interventions, protocols, treatment modalities, and research and to address the psychosocial needs of burn victims.
Course Objectives:
  • Discuss the physiological effect of thermal, chemical & electrical injury.
  • Discuss of the pathophysiology of a burn shock and the compensatory mechanisms, which mediate its effect.
  • Identify the characteristics of thermal, chemical & electrical injury.
  • Identify the principles of wound identification for infection in burn and trauma patients.
  • Identify the risk factors and the clinical manifestations of compartment syndrome.
  • Discuss the potential complications a postoperative patient may experience immediately in the post-anesthesia phase.
  • Establish the severity and complexity of problems utilizing pediatric critical thinking scenarios.
  • Identify the steps in assessment background and procedural pain management.
  • Understand the impact of the therapeutic relationship in the recovery of the burned patient.
This activity is free and open to the public based on space available.


Water soluble hydrogels of alkali metal alginate and glycerine have been found to be excellent wound dressings. The gels dry to an adherent, non-toxic pliable protective film which can be removed by water-washing when desired. The gels are also compatible with medicaments and hence can serve as vehicles or carriers for medicament application to wounds as well as a protective cover.


The US Army Institute of Surgical Research, JBSA Fort Sam Houston, Texas, conducts certain clinical activities in which physicians, registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, rehabilitative services and respiratory therapy students in the educational program, if allowed to participate, can obtain clinical learning experience. An affiliation under a memorandum will benefit both parties by contributing to the educational preparation of a future supply of health care providers.


USAISR-HOSTED COURSE: An eight-hour course for physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, therapists, and paramedics. The course provides guidelines in the assessment and management of the burn patient during the first 24 hours post-injury.

Following a series of lectures, case studies are presented for group discussions. An opportunity to work with a simulated burn patient to reinforce the assessment, stabilization, and the American Burn Association transfer criteria to a Burn Center will be given. Final testing consists of a written exam and a practical assessment return demonstration.

The registration fee payable to the American Burn Association, https://WWW.AMERIBURN.ORG, covers the tuition, manual, study guide, test, and continuing education credits.

The ABA designates this continuing medical education activity for up to 7 credit hours in Category 1 of the Physician´s Recognition Award of the American Medical Association. This program also has been approved by AACN Certification Corporation guidelines for 8 contact hours, CERP Category A.

  • Evaluate a patient with a serious burn.
  • Define the magnitude and severity of the injury.
  • Identify and establish priorities of treatment.
  • Manage the airway and support ventilation.
  • Initiate and monitor fluid resuscitation.
  • Apply correct methods of physiological monitoring.
  • Determine which patients should be transferred to a burn center.
  • Organize and conduct the inter-hospital transfer of a seriously injured burn patient.


Available free of charge, at your location, for all levels of providers from first responder through physician. Click here to request information on scheduling.

A wide variety of exportable lectures are available for the novice to the expert healthcare provider, for all levels of providers from first responder through physician.

All lectures are multidisciplinary focused and highlight current clinical practice to include a review of the etiologies of burn injury, diagnostic criteria and treatment options to maximize functional outcomes. Participants gain knowledge of new ways to improve assessment procedures applicable to their clinical situation.

The following lectures and courses are open to the public and available as exportable courses taught at your location. All instruction and course materials are provided without charge, however, the cost of transportation and travel expenses for the faculty will be funded by the requesting agency for locations beyond our local travel region.


Initial and Inhalation Management is designed for emergency section, surgical and burn critical care personnel. This lecture reviews the knowledge needed to confidently assess and care for burn patients in the first 24 hours after burn injury to include identification, prioritizing and treatment modalities.

Participants will also learn how to decide which patients can be cared for in a community hospital setting, who should be transferred to a burn center and who could be managed on an out-patient basis. Upon completion you will receive 3.6 Contact Hours or 3.0 Continuing Medical Education.

Wound Management participants will identify burn shock and the compensatory mechanism post-injury. Discuss the three phases of wound healing. Categorize the four principles of burn wound management to include the assessment and treatment modalities of infection and pain. Identify the utilization of biological and synthetic dressings.

Understand the similarities between vesicant exposure, thermal injury or Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis.

Stabilization and Transfer identifies initial management principles for treatment of burn causalties at the scene.

The lecture classifies the principles for stabilization for airway, breathing, circulation, disability, examine, environmental control, fluid resuscitation and treatment on concomitant non-thermal trauma. Burn triage and guidelines in the hospital environment are defined and transfer plans are discussed.

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