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Thermal Burn Injury: A Review of Best Practices Part 3

This final installment of a three-part review of thermal burn injury covers pain management and complex and critical burn injuries. 

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the pain response to burns and their pharmacological interventions
  • Explain the EMS supplies needed for burn calls in the field
  • Identify the differences between minor, serious, and critical burns


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2. Buckland DM, Crowe RP, Cash RE, et al. Ketamine in the Prehospital Environment: A National Survey of Paramedics in the United States. Prehosp Disaster Med, 2018 Feb; 33(1): 23–8.

3. Zorumski CF, Izumi Y, Mennerick S. Ketamine: NMDA Receptors and Beyond. J Neurosci, 2016; 36(44): 11,158–64.

4. Edrich T, Friedrich AD, Eltzschig HK, Felbinger TW. Ketamine for long-term sedation and analgesia of a burn patient. Anesth Analg, 2004; 99(3): 893–5, table of contents.

5. Epocrates Essentials for Apple iOS [computer program], Version 19.10;

6. American Burn Association. Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient,

7. Tyson AF, Boschini LP, Kiser MM, et al. Survival after burn in a sub-Saharan burn unit: challenges and opportunities. Burns, 2013; 39(8): 1,619–25.

8. American Burn Association. National Burn Repository 2005–2015. In. Vol 2016: American Burn Association; 2016.

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