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Thermal Burn Injury: A Review of Best Practices Part 2

The second of a three-part series on burn care focuses on general assessment, ABCDEs, and wound care.

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe scene safety, assessment, and triage of burn injury;
  • Explain effective pain management, wound care, and dressings for burns;
  • Identify common obstacles to proper assessment and treatment of burns.


1. Thim T, Krarup NH, Grove EL, et al. Initial assessment and treatment with the Airway, Breathing, Circulation, Disability, Exposure (ABCDE) approach. Intl J Gen Med, 2012; 5: 117–21.

2. Jeschke MG, Pinto R, Herndon DN, et al. Hypoglycemia is associated with increased postburn morbidity and mortality in pediatric patients. Crit Care Med, 2014; 42(5): 1,221–31.

3. Weaver MD, Rittenberger JC, Patterson PD, et al. Risk factors for hypothermia in EMS-treated burn patients. Prehosp Emerg Care, 2014; 18(3): 335–41.

4. Du Pont B, Dickinson E. Identifying and managing accidental hypothermia. J Emerg Med Serv, 2017; 42(11).

5. Kearns RD, Cairns CB, Holmes IV JH, et al. Chemical Burn Care: A Review of Best Practices. EMS World, 2014; 43(5): 40–5;

6. Cancio LC, Horvath EE, Barillo DJ, et al. Burn support for Operation Iraqi Freedom and related operations, 2003 to 2004. J Burn Care Rehabil, 2005; 26(2): 151–61.

7. Chung KK, Blackbourne LH, Wolf SE, et al. Evolution of burn resuscitation in operation Iraqi freedom. J Burn Care Res, 2006; 27(5): 606–11.

8. Kearns RD, Holmes IV JH, Cairns BA. Burn injury: What’s in a name? Ann Burns Fire Dis, 2013; 8(3): 6.

  • Format
  • Duration
    30 min.
  • Credits
    .5 CE
  • After passing the course, your certificate will be available for download here.