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SCP-0122 Burn Evaluation and Care for Emergency Responders

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South Central Partnership LMS Course Self-paced Courses Ongoing

Course Description

Instructors: James Cross, MD; Ziad Kazzi, MD, FAAEM; Catherine Lee, MPH

Course Description

According to United States Fire Administration data, in 2007 fire killed more Americans than all natural disasters combined. Approximately 10,000 people in the United States die every year because of infections that complicate burns. While burn injuries are common in the United States, specialized burn centers often lack the capability to care for large numbers of burn victims. For this reason, improved initial evaluation, triage and management of burn injuries can significantly impact victim outcomes. These tasks are most commonly performed by emergency responders and first receivers (paramedics, nurses and physicians). This course will raise the overall burn care expertise among participants and prepare these individuals to respond to public health threats and burn-related emergencies.


1. Background and Epidemiology of Burns

2. Mechanisms of Injury and Types of Burns

3. Clinical Evaluation

4. Initial Care

5. Electrical Burns

6. Chemical and Radiological Burns

7. Table Top Exercise

Learning Objectives

-To discuss the need for improved disaster training for burn response.

-To describe the mechanism of different types and degrees of burn injuries.

-To discuss the evaluation, triage, and initial management of thermal, electrical, chemical, smoke inhalation and radiation burn injuries.


Describe the public heath role in emergency response in a range of emergencies that might arise.

Describe his/her functional role(s) in emergency response and demonstrate his/her role(s) in regular drills.

Recognize unusual events that might indicate an emergency and describe appropriate action (e.g., communicate clearly within the chain of command.)

* Bioterrorism and Emergency Readiness

Average Completion Time

5 hours



Associated Programs (Explain)

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